Minn. House committee hears proposal for Rondo land bridge

View of land bridge, looking eastward. Architectural renderings courtesy Design by Melo and Visuals by James.

Architectural renderings courtesy Design by Melo and Visuals by James.

interview by Cathy Wurzer, MPR. Originally broadcast February 2, 2021

A proposal to reconnect St. Paul’s fractured Rondo neighborhood gets a hearing Tuesday before the state House Transportation Finance and Policy Committee.

The Rondo land bridge would span I-94 between Lexington Parkway and Dale Street, with room for green space, housing and businesses. The effort would rejoin a historically black community that was carved up by the interstate’s construction more than a half-century ago. Hundreds of homes and businesses were destroyed.

Backers of the proposed land bridge say it’s a way to restore the community’s cultural center. For more, MPR News host Cathy Wurzer talked with Marvin Anderson. He’s the chair of ReConnect Rondo, a community organization spearheading the bridge proposal, and is presenting at the hearing.

Listen to the MPR interview here.

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ReConnect Rondo Technical Advisory Team:

  • David Juliff, Be Civil, Inc.
  • Khani Sahebjam, SRF Consulting Group
  • John Maczko, SRF Consulting Group
  • Kent Arhenholtz, Kaskaskia Engineering Group
  • Brenda Thomas, KLJ, Inc
  • Marcus Thomas, Bolton & Menk
  • Scott McBride, Bolton & Menk
  • Marcell Walker, Bolton & Menk
  • Veronica Burt, 600 Strategies, Inc.
  • Björgvin Sævarsson, YORTH Group
  • Katie Eggers, YORTH Group
  • Jim Erkel, Retired Minnesota Center for Environmental Advocacy (MCEA)
  • Brian Isaacson, Ramsey County
  • Diem Van Groth, Strategic Consultant