Work begins on Lowry Bridge's arch

  • Article by: KEVIN DUCHSCHERE , Star Tribune
  • Updated: December 10, 2011 - 9:30 PM

The signature feature of the new Lowry Avenue Bridge in Minneapolis -- its basket-handle double arch -- is finally going up, although it will be a while before it takes shape.

"The arches are the exclamation points on this marvel of modern infrastructure," Hennepin County Commissioner Mark Stenglein said.

Later this month the first four segments, each weighing 130,000 pounds, are scheduled to be installed. The segments spanning the river will go up next month, and the last piece should be lifted into place by mid-January. There are 22 pieces in all.

Cables and lights will be installed starting in February. The bridge is expected to open in the summer.

Construction began last year on the $92.7 million bridge, which crosses the Mississippi River and will connect the city's North Side with its northeast neighborhoods. Most of the cost is covered by the county, along with $37.5 million from the state, $2 million from Minneapolis, $900,000 in federal funds and $200,000 from Xcel Energy.

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