The Challenge of Connecting Cedar Riverside and Seward
Although Augsburg College, the University of Minnesota, and the Cedar Riverside neighborhood are next door neighbors to the Seward neighborhood, connections are made difficult by the divide—both physical and perceived—created by I-94.
An Innovative Solution
Augsburg College has partnered with Seward Redesign, a nonprofit community development organization, to advance a plan to replace the current tired and relatively inaccessible pedestrian bridge over I-94. The proposed new pedestrian/bike bridge will be safer and more inviting for users, and striking and iconic in its design. Augsburg College and Seward Redesign anticipate that a new pedestrian/bike bridge will benefit those living and working on either side of the bridge.
The proposed bridge, positioned in a more visible and usable location, will improve the connection between the Seward and Cedar Riverside neighborhoods, thereby promoting the use of public spaces, stimulating the exchange of business and services, and enhancing access to jobs.
A design concept for a new bridge, informed by a design charrette held with community stakeholders, has been completed.
Local Neighborhood Involvement
The Seward Neighborhood Group. Seward Civic and Commerce Association, West Bank Community Coalition, West Bank Business Association, and the Cedar Riverside Partnership are supportive of the project. The proponents of this new and improved pedestrian/bike bridge hope to “create a model for how neighborhoods that have been divided by freeway construction can reestablish physical connections over the freeway to build community, stimulate economic development, and improve pathways for pedestrians and bicyclists.”
The project is currently in the capital planning stage.