The city of Minneapolis on Wednesday got a bit more specific about Friday's reopening of the 10th Avenue Bridge: It'll happen sometime between the morning and afternoon rush hours.
The reconfigured bridge will have two lanes of vehicle traffic, down from four previously, and will include a pedestrian area for viewing the Interstate Hwy. 35W bridge collapse site.
Noting that the 10th Avenue Bridge has a much lower traffic capacity than the fallen span, a city news release Wednesday said freeway drivers "who are passing through Minneapolis should continue to use the official Hwy. 280 detour route and avoid using city streets." The release also encouraged users of the viewing area to arrive on foot or bicycle because parking is very limited.
Also Wednesday, the Minnesota Department of Transportation revised its estimate of when barge traffic will be able to pass through the collapse site. Officials had said Sept. 6 but now think it will take about a week longer to clear enough debris.
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