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New Dinkytown bike highway set to open in June [MAPS]

Like the Midtown Greenway, the Dinkytown bikeway will run along an old railroad corridor.
Like the Midtown Greenway, the Dinkytown bikeway will run along an old railroad corridor.

Folks looking to bike to and from Dinkytown and downtown will have a new and convenient route at their disposal in just a couple of months.

SEE ALSO: The most- and least-bikeable spots in Mpls [MAPS]

That's because work on the "Granary Corridor" two-lane bike highway is set to be completed by the end of June.

The corridor runs below Dinkytown along old railroad tracks with a downtown-connecting pedestrian bridge (Bridge #9) on one end and TCF Bank Stadium on the other.

According to a city document, the city's public works department and a contractor (Veit and Company, Inc.) have already begun construction of the project. If and when winter ends, it won't be long before work is wrapped up.

The total project cost is roughly $2.34 million, with $1.6 million coming from the federal government.

In a Minnesota Daily report, City Council member Cam Gordon said he expects new housing to develop along the corridor.

"It would also, I think, really encourage people ... to not need cars, and the connection would be so fast to get downtown," he said.

The right-of-way being used for the corridor is owned by the Burlington Northern/Santa Fe Railroad but is "U of M property by way of a previously approved long-term license agreement," the city document states.

Here's another look at how the Granary Corridor will fit into the geography of the Dinkytown area:

New Dinkytown bike highway set to open in June [MAPS]
City of Minneapolis

-- Follow Aaron Rupar on Twitter at @atrupar. Got a tip? Drop him a line at arupar@citypages.com.


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