Minneapolis, – Today, Senator Patricia Torres Ray (DFL-Minneapolis) participated in the ceremony to re-open the historic Truss Bridge, formerly known as the Soldiers’ Home Bridge, that spans over Hiawatha Creek at the Minneapolis Veterans Home. The bridge provides access to the Minnesota Veterans Home located in Minneapolis across the Minnehaha Creek Gorge. The bridge was closed in 2014 due to major disrepair, and Senator Torres Ray has championed efforts to secure the funding necessary to repair and reopen this important bridge.
“The bridge connects the Minneapolis Veterans Home to the neighborhood, the parks, and the 53-acre wooded campus overlooking the Mississippi River near Minnehaha Falls. This area is very important to Minnesota, to the community I represent, and to our veterans’ community. I’m very pleased that this project has been completed and the bridge will finally reopen this year,” said Senator Torres Ray.
Since the bridges closure, Senator Torres Ray has worked with different administrations at the state and federal level to secure funding to repair and maintain the park, the Minneapolis Veterans Home and other infrastructure projects in this part of her district. In 2017, she led the effort to secure $7. 9 million to repair the bridge.
“The bridge provides access to the Minneapolis Veterans Home, where 300 veterans reside, to the Veterans’ relatives who come to visit, and to the thousands of Minnesotans who live, recreate and visit the area. This site has regional and national significance, and we need to work hard to protect it and maintain it for future generations,” said Senator Torres Ray.
The Truss is significant as a rare example of steel deck arch construction in Minnesota and for its association with designers Bayne and Hewett, Co. and the steel manufacturer Minneapolis Steel and Machinery Company. Additionally, the bridge is a contributing resource to the Minnesota Soldiers’ Home Historic District and the Grand Rounds Historic District.