A new bridge and park renovation
I have been pondering the Riverfront Dr. rehabilitation or Old Town revitalization for quite some time.
For years I have often wondered why there wasn’t a direct connection between Highway 169 and Madison Avenue. How about a bridge? It would seem like an easy fix to alleviate traffic concerns off of the dreaded Third Avenue to Riverfront Drive intersection and you could run a road tied into a Madison Avenue bridge/road (behind the Pizza Hut, etc.) or some semblance of that.
I realize bridge projects aren’t cheap, but this would dramatically improve the viability, visibility and access (from Highway 169) of Riverfront, Third Avenue and Madison Avenue. I mean there is already talk of bridges in the current proposal, why not another.
Furthermore, the planning and sports commission should look at making Riverfront Park into a new awesome baseball field/events area.
Wouldn’t that be neat as you cross over the bridge from Highway 169 to see this awesome baseball park, along the river (kind of like CHS Field) that could be used by Mankato West and possibly a new minor league team and others.
You could also still hold really cool concerts.
Whatever is decided, there is the 169 Corridor Coalition pushing to improve the area that travels through Mankato as well, but I wanted to share my thoughts with you.
I feel that the project I am proposing would be a great addition to the city and great for all to enjoy.
Ryan E. Swafford