A new pedestrian and bicycle bridge opens in Minneapolis

Susie Jones
August 23, 2018 - 2:33 pm
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City leaders and residents celebrated the opening of Samatar Crossing today — a new connection for people walking and biking between the Cedar-Riverside neighborhood and downtown Minneapolis. 

The City’s Public Works Department has re-purposed the former Fifth Street ramp to downtown Minneapolis into a pathway for people walking and biking. 

Samatar Crossing is named after the late Hussein Samatar, a former Minneapolis School Board member and the first Somali-American elected to public office in Minneapolis. His widow Ubah Jama and her children joined city leaders in celebrating the new crossing. 

“Samatar Crossing is a very important new connection between the Cedar-Riverside neighborhood and downtown Minneapolis. Neighbors now have a beautiful place for biking and walking,” said Mayor Jacob Frey. “This new crossing provides a much more welcoming and direct route to downtown Minneapolis, something Cedar-Riverside has been lacking for far too long. It is very fitting that this connection is named in honor of the late Hussein Samatar, a man who inspired so many in the community.”

Samatar Crossing features separate pathways for people walking and biking and new pedestrian-scale lighting. There are also plans for additional landscaping and public art along the crossing between 11th Avenue South and 15th Avenue South. The City has issued a call for artists and is seeking up to three artists to collaborate on the design of an iconic public artwork for the crossing.