The Greenwood Street Underpass and Canadian Pacific Railroad Bridge project marks the completion of the multi-year, multi-phased Greenwood Street Corridor project. The railroad bridge and underpass are the final pieces of a larger project that was envisioned by city leaders nearly 60 years ago.
When Minnesota’s Municipal State Aid System was established in 1958, Thief River Falls’ city leaders had the foresight to realize that, as the city grew, another east–west corridor and Red Lake River crossing would be needed. They placed Greenwood Street on the state aid system when much of it was a gravel township road—or non-existent—and maintained it as a priority in the city’s comprehensive plans. During this same period, major employers Arctic Cat Inc. and Digi-Key Corporation continued to grow. Now employing more than 4,000 people, both companies are located in the southwest part of the city, west of the Red Lake River. Residential growth, on the other hand, has been primarily on the east side of the river at the south end of town.
After the completion of the Greenwood Street Bridge, which crosses the Red Lake River, and the Highway 32 Traffic Signals project, work began on the railroad bridge, underpass, retaining walls, and a roundabout at the intersection of Pennington Avenue and Greenwood Street. This $4.9 million project is the final portion of the approximately one-mile Greenwood Street Corridor project and was funded through Municipal State Aid, Federal Aid, and bonding.