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5:50 a.m. update: St. Anthony Parkway bridge closed

Posted by: Tim Harlow Updated: June 2, 2014 - 5:49 AM

This happened on Friday, but in case you missed the news, the St. Anthony Parkway Bridge in northeast Minneapolis is closed until further notice.

The City of Minneapolis had restricted traffic on the bridge to vehicles weighing three tons or less after inspections revealed deficiencies. But since vehicles weighing more than three tons continued using the bridge over the Burlington Northern Santa Fe rail yard, the city flat out closed the bridge to everybody. That includes trucks, buses, cars, bicyclists and pedestrians.

The 89-year-old truss bridge carries an average of around 4,200 vehicles a day. The City is now in the process of replacing the entire bridge, with construction expected to begin in 2015 and reopen to traffic in late 2016.

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