Rosland Park Pedestrian Bridge Replacement

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The Rosland Park Pedestrian Bridge is a piece of critical transportation infrastructure that must be replaced. The bridge connects the north and south communities by providing a safe overpass bridge above Minnesota Highway 62. It is a critical connection for pedestrians from northern Edina to safely access Rosland Park and its amenities, including the Edina Aquatic Center.

The current pedestrian bridge is owned and managed by the Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT). It was built in the 1960s. The bridge does not meet Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) standards and was substantially damaged when it was struck twice in 2022 by vehicles traveling on Minnesota Highway 62. The damage resulted in the closure of the bridge for most of 2022, until expensive temporary repairs were made in January 2023.

The City has started the preliminary design process for the new bridge. The approximately $6M project is fully funded with construction anticipated in 2025.


Project goals

  • Improve safety and mobility for all users
  • Create ADA compliant pedestrian and bike route
  • Improve connectivity between the residential neighborhoods and Rosland Park
  • Limit impacts on residential and park properties, trees, and road operations with an eye on long term operations and maintenance


The Rosland Park Pedestrian Bridge is a piece of critical transportation infrastructure that must be replaced. The bridge connects the north and south communities by providing a safe overpass bridge above Minnesota Highway 62. It is a critical connection for pedestrians from northern Edina to safely access Rosland Park and its amenities, including the Edina Aquatic Center.

The current pedestrian bridge is owned and managed by the Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT). It was built in the 1960s. The bridge does not meet Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) standards and was substantially damaged when it was struck twice in 2022 by vehicles traveling on Minnesota Highway 62. The damage resulted in the closure of the bridge for most of 2022, until expensive temporary repairs were made in January 2023.

The City has started the preliminary design process for the new bridge. The approximately $6M project is fully funded with construction anticipated in 2025.


Project goals

  • Improve safety and mobility for all users
  • Create ADA compliant pedestrian and bike route
  • Improve connectivity between the residential neighborhoods and Rosland Park
  • Limit impacts on residential and park properties, trees, and road operations with an eye on long term operations and maintenance


  • Council Direction from March 19, 2024 Meeting

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    Staff present a summary of the project to date and a recommendation to build switchbacks ramps with a steel truss bridge over Highway 62. Council officially removed elevators as an option but requested staff do more from an architectural perspective with the bridge and ADA switchback ramps. Staff will be researching higher quality architectural pedestrian bridges to better understand what may be possible and who could assist with this request. Thanks for your continued discussions on this project. Chad Millner

  • Staff Recommendation for March 19 Council Meeting

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    Staff will be seeking approval of Option #1A Switchback Ramps to the East for a new pedestrian bridge over Highway 62 at the March 19 City Council Meeting. There will not be an opportunity for public comment. The full report can be found in the documents area of this website. Staff is recommending this option for the following reasons.

    1. ADA accessible 100% of time.
    2. Typical highway crossing for pedestrians and cyclists commuting or recreation.
    3. Does not relocate the bridge and creating new sight line issues.
      1. Not located on the front side of houses or in front of bay windows.
    4. Switchbacks create slower speed for wheeled vehicles such as scooters, bicycles, etc.
    5. Best fits with available right-of-way.
    6. Fits with future noise wall and allows some adjustment if necessary.
    7. Minimal maintenance required compared to elevators.
    8. Snow removal completed by city staff with existing equipment.
    9. Less tree removals than all options except elevators.
    10. Within available budget.

    Following approval of a design option, staff would create a community engagement plan to develop the aesthetic features of the bridge such as railings, the finish on the ADA ramps, and lights that meet MnDOT requirements.

  • Two More Renderings

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    Two more renderings have been created and attached in the document area. They are views north of 64th Street without the noise wall. Thanks

  • Graphical Renderings

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    The project team has created 13 graphical renderings of various options from various angles. All the renderings will be posted in the document section of the website. Staff is seeking feedback on the matrix, concepts and renderings until March 8. Staff will make a recommendation to the city council on March 19. A staff report with a recommendation will be posted here during the week of March 11. Thanks, Chad Millner, City Engineer.

  • Updated Design Concepts and Impact Matrix – Feedback Requested

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    Updated Matrix and Concepts can be found in the documents section. Improved graphics are in the works and will be posted in a week or so. We are opening the public comment tool again until March 8. Please submit comments before then. Our tentative schedule is to seek council direction at the March 19 City Council Meeting.

  • Alternative Analysis Update Feb. 8 2024

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    Staff appreciates all the participation by residents thus far. We are working on updating the concept matrix, reviewing constructability of each concept, and creating images to better understand what they might look like. The options that are being reviewed in greater detail are Option 1A Switchbacks East, Option 5B moving the bridge 500-ft west, a new Option 5D moving the bridge 500-ft east and landing near the aquatic center parking lot, and Option 6A elevators. After we have more details and imagery, we will seek comments on this page. Thanks

  • Dec. 19, 2023 City Council Meeting

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    Thanks to those that attended the neighborhood meeting on Dec. 14. We had approximately 20 community members attend. Staff presented a project overview of all the potential options and fielded great questions. Staff has decided to give council a project update and not request approval of a specific option at the Dec. 19 Council Meeting. The discussion identified options 1A and 5B for additional review. Appreciate the dialogue.

  • Design Concepts and Impact Matrix – Feedback Requested

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    At the November 21st City Council meeting, staff was asked to provide design concepts to residents for feedback on the Rosland Park Pedestrian Bridge. The Council Item can be reviewed here: Rosland Park Council Item. The City has developed 12 possible concepts including doing nothing. Concept level drawings of the 11 concepts and the matrix are posted here. 14 review criteria were identified during discussions with residents, staff, and consultants. A matrix was built with these 14 criteria and 12 concepts. The matrix reviewed each criterion on each concept. According to the analysis, Option 1A balances the impacts of the 14 criteria the best. Your feedback is welcome to better understand how this type of infrastructure project could improve the quality of life for people that live and work in Edina. Please share your comments by Monday, Dec. 11, 2023.

  • MnDOT Westbound Highway 62 Third Lane and Noise Wall

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    In August, MnDOT informed the City that they would like to make the westbound third lane from Valley View Road to Highway 100 along Highway 62 permanent. This would require constructing an additional travel lane and shoulder to highway standards. This work would require the construction of a 20-ft tall noise wall. MnDOT is currently developing preliminary layouts. The project does not have funding yet. If funding is identified, construction is anticipated for 2027 – 2028.

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