The Minnesota Valley State Trail's Mill Pond channel pedestrian crossing is closed. The bridge, previously located on the northern edge of Memorial Park, was removed in 2016 due to safety concerns with its structure.
In 2016, the city hired WSB and Associates to design the bridge and determine location options. The city has $300,000 allocated for the project and has received two $150,000 Federal Recreational Trails Grants that require matching funds. Scott County has also committed $50,000 towards the project. In winter 2019, the city received an additional $100,000 grant from the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community toward the replacement of the bridge and the archaeological study. However, preliminary estimates for the replacement of the bridge and trail connection are between $665,000 and $789,000.
In addition to re-evaluating the design of the bridge, the city is also working with SMSC to conduct an archaeological survey of the area. The area in and around Memorial Park is culturally and archaeologically sensitive due to the presence of Native American burial mounds.
The project is supported by City of Shakopee, SMSC, Scott County, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources and community.
|Bridge removal approved due to structural issues||City Council||January 2016|
|Desired alignment for bridge approved||City Council||Oct. 4, 2016|
|SMSC awards project $100,000 grant||SMSC||January 2019|