Mpls. Parkway To Reopen 2 Years After Mudslide

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — A section of a Minneapolis road will re-open two years after being washed out by a mudslide.

The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board says a section of West River Parkway between 4th Street South and East 24th Street is now safe for travel after the installation of five retaining walls. Underground drain tiles and new structurally-stable soil and vegetation have also been added.

The aftermath of the 2014 mudslide (credit: CBS)

The aftermath of the 2014 mudslide (credit: CBS)

The mudslide happened on June 19, 2014, during a period of record-breaking rainfall in the area. The failure of a slope of the Mississippi River’s west bank — which lasted about three seconds — caused mud, trees and debris to pour over West River Parkway and into the river. No one was hurt in the collapse.

In addition to the road reo-pening, the Franklin Avenue Bridge will also re-open to traffic Thursday at 4:30 p.m. Click here for more information on the West River Parkway Slope Repair Project.

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