MnDOT and the Kingfield Neighborhood Association co-hosted a 40th Street pedestrian bridge opening event Oct. 22. This bridge opened in mid-October—a year earlier than originally planned.  The celebration was on the west side of the bridge in the corner of Dr. Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. Park.

Attendees of the event enjoyed smooth jazz by Twio, a local high school jazz band, while sitting fireside near the bridge. Guests warmed up with S’mores and hot apple cider. It was a great fall evening to enjoy the outdoors, connect with other community members, and celebrate the new bridge.

This bridge was selected as part of Art in Public Spaces, by the Public Art Advisory Panel from the City of Minneapolis’ Capital Improvement program. Part of the bridge design includes artwork by artist Seitu Jones. You can check out the first installation of his designs on the railings of the new bridge. The remaining portion of the art will be installed next spring and MnDOT is excited to be a part of a larger celebration.