Namesake ship’s anchor to rest near Lakewalk
A 12-ton anchor from the decommissioned Navy ship the USS Duluth will soon rest near Duluth’s Lakewalk.
Alumni from the ship secured the anchor after months of paperwork, said Army veteran and St. Louis County Historical Society board member John Werner. The 12-by-8-foot anchor was attached to the amphibious ship commissioned in 1962 that went through three tours in Vietnam, including the fall of Saigon, Werner said. Its last tour of duty was in the Persian Gulf in 2005.
Werner said that the ship is being replaced with a larger craft and that a Texas company is cutting it up for scrap.
After the anchor is sandblasted and painted, it will be hoisted atop a pedestal near Duluth’s Vietnam and Korean War memorials later this summer. The project is funded through donations.
Pam Louwagie @pamlouwagie
State breaks ground on new bridge over Mississippi
Minnesota broke ground on its newest bridge Friday morning.
The new two-lane bridge will span the Mississippi River along Hwy. 43 in Winona, just north of an existing historic bridge.
The $162 million project should make life easier for the 15,000 people whose commute across the river was complicated when engineers discovered cracks and other signs of deterioration on the 73-year-old bridge.
Rather than destroy the iconic old bridge, the project will set up the new bridge to handle westbound traffic, while the old bridge is rehabilitated to carry eastbound traffic.
“We’ve preserved part of our heritage and that’s an amazing thing,” said U.S. Rep. Tim Walz, who was on hand for the groundbreaking.
The new bridge will open to traffic in the fall of 2016, and at that point crews will begin new repairs and reconstruction on the historic bridge. The entire project is expected to continue through the spring of 2020.
Jennifer Brooks @stribrooks