Stone Arch Bridge needs $13 million in repairs

A Minneapolis landmark is in jeopardy. The iconic Stone Arch Bridge is in dire need of repairs. 

The Minneapolis Park Board has been urging lawmakers to address funding repairs for the bridge. If it isn’t restored soon, it could be shut down until funding comes through, officials said.

Inspections show that the bridge is deteriorating and with more than two million visitors every year, it is beginning to become unsafe. According to the Minnesota Department of Transportation, it will cost nearly $13 million to repair the landmark. 

Governor Mark Dayton has made funding the bridge the number one MnDOT funding priority in his 2018 bonding bill. However, necessary funds have not been provided in bills currently moving through the legislature.