Funding will help replace outdated bridge, bolster multi-modal safety and access improvements
WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) and Tina Smith (D-MN) announced that they have secured significant federal funding in the Fiscal Year 2023 federal budget to make infrastructure improvements to the Kellogg Bridge in St. Paul. These resources will replace the outdated, 80-year-old eastbound bridge, bolstering multi-modal safety and access.
“By enabling the much-needed upgrade of the Kellogg Bridge, this project will help strengthen bridge safety and provide Minnesotans with safer and easier access to downtown St. Paul,” said Klobuchar. “I am proud to have worked with local leaders to push for this funding, and I know that these resources will make a real difference for so many St. Paul residents.”
“This investment in the Eastbound Kellogg Bridge is vital to St. Paul’s lively downtown business district,” said Smith. “I am glad to see this federal funding being used for much needed repairs on a critical connecting piece to downtown St. Paul.”
“Funding for the Eastbound Kellogg bridge and the North End Community Center will make a huge impact on our community,” said St. Paul Mayor Melvin Carter. “I’m grateful to Senators Klobuchar and Smith for securing this investment in the vitality of our city and region.”
The reconstructed eastbound Kellogg Boulevard Bridge will connect downtown St. Paul and the east side neighborhood districts of Dayton's Bluff and Mounds Par, providing residents with better access to economic opportunities. The new bridge will also create additional pedestrian and biking access, increase vehicle access points, and link downtown St. Paul to the regional transit system.
Klobuchar and Smith have been actively involved in securing federal funding commitments to enable projects benefiting communities across the state through a process called “Congressionally Directed Spending” (CDS). Throughout the CDS process, Klobuchar and Smith considered project proposals and advocated for funding in close coordination with leaders from across the state.