The final segment of the new Lowry Bridge's arches was hoisted into place on Wednesday, marking a major milestone in the construction of the bridge over the Mississippi River in Minneapolis.
The portion of the north arch is 40 feet long and weighs 73,000 pounds. During the 30-minute process, workers made the attachment with 16 bolts and a fair amount of welding.
The arches reach 90 feet above the bridge and 120 feet above the river.
The bridge is expected to open by summer, replacing the more than century-old span that had to be razed.
Construction began in 2010 on the $92.7 million bridge, which connects the city's North Side with its northeast neighborhoods. Most of the cost is covered by Hennepin County, along with $37.5 million from the state, $2 million from Minneapolis, $900,000 in federal funds and $200,000 from Xcel Energy.
PAUL WALSH, MATT GILLMER