A well-traveled bridge over the Mississippi River that connects north and northeast Minneapolis is about to be reopened after being closed for two years for repairs.
The Plymouth Avenue Bridge was closed in October 2010 after inspectors found significant deterioration in concrete and cables inside its girders. At the time, motor vehicles were making more than 14,000 trips a day across the bridge.
Repairs began this past summer, and the span will be reopened Monday to motor vehicles, bicycles and pedestrians as the remaining work continues.
The reopening of the 30-year-old span just north of downtown will start with one lane in each direction until this season's construction wraps up in late November. Then, all lanes will be open through the winter.
When construction resumes in April, lane restrictions will resume until repairs are complete by summer's end.