From left: Amy Gundermann, Marvin Anderson and Lars Christiansen exchange ideas at a meeting to plan community involvement in the design of the I-94 bridges in the Rondo neighborhood in St. Paul, Wednesday, June 8, 2016. Gundermann is Executive Director of the Lexington-Hamline Community Council, Anderson is spearheading the Rondo bridges movement, and Christiansen is with Friendly Streets Initiative. (Pioneer Press: Scott Takushi)

The Minnesota Department of Transportation is studying how to reconnect certain neighborhoods separated by construction of the trench-like Interstate 94 decades ago. A community discussion was to continue Thursday about the possibility of erecting a land bridge in the historic Rondo neighborhood.

If approved and funded, a new “lid” or land cover running several blocks would effectively cap I-94 in the Summit-University and Frogtown area. Proponents say the effort could take a decade or more of planning.

The “ReConnectRondo” community discussion takes place from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the Rondo Community Library, 461 N. Dale St.

As part of the 2018 city budget approved in December, St. Paul plans to help fund study of the proposal.

More information is at Reconnectrondo.org.

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