Another lane of 10th Avenue Bridge reopens today

  • Updated: October 12, 2007 - 7:51 AM

In time for the afternoon rush hour today, a second northbound lane on the 10th Avenue Bridge will reopen, which will allow traffic to flow more smoothly over the Mississippi River in Minneapolis.

In time for the afternoon rush hour today, a second northbound lane on the 10th Avenue Bridge will reopen, which will allow traffic to flow more smoothly over the Mississippi River in Minneapolis.

In its new configuration, the bridge will carry two northbound lanes of traffic, one southbound traffic lane, and bicycles and pedestrians.

The 10th Avenue Bridge reopened on a limited basis on Aug. 31. It was closed following the Aug. 1 I-35W bridge collapse. It initially was a staging area for the rescue and recovery efforts at the collapse site. There were also concerns that its north side didn't have safe enough rails for pedestrians looking in that direction at the collapse site.

The existing pedestrian sidewalk will also be open and a viewing platform has been created on the side of the bridge overlooking the collapse site.

Traffic officials added that this bridge should not be used as an I-35W detour.

PAUL WALSH

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