Lights, action as bridge replacement work speeds up

  • Article by: PAUL WALSH
  • Star Tribune
  • November 9, 2007 - 11:40 AM

Unfamiliar lights will appear and ground-shaking noises will echo about starting next week along the Mississippi River near downtown Minneapolis.

Those are the consequences that state officials are warning about as work on a new I-35W bridge pushes ahead.

Get ready, downtown workers, visitors and residents, for more noticeable noise from pile driving.

Also, work near the Center Point Energy parking lot involves steel-on-steel impact, creating a "significant amount of noise," the state Department of Transportation is warning.

MnDOT said this work will be limited to 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Monday through Saturday.

Second shifts will begin working on grading on the north side of the river. Grading will occur above the historic rock wall. This means lights may be noticeable from 6 p.m. to 4:30 a.m.

Special "balloon" lights will be used, which radiate down. This reduces the impact on residents and others in the area, MnDOT said.

MnDOT is asking the public to stay away from the bridge construction area for safety reasons. The best place to view construction activity is from the west side of the 10th Avenue Bridge. That vantage point has been popular with spectators coming to see where the 35W bridge collapsed on Aug. 1.

Meanwhile, MnDOT and the Flatiron-Manson construction team begin weekly "Sidewalk Superintendent Talks" about the bridge replacement project starting Saturday at 11 a.m. and continuing for several Saturdays.

The talks are free and open to the public.

Representatives of Flatiron-Manson will lead community members to the 10th Avenue Bridge and explain the construction underway, as well as answer questions and address concerns. No reservations are required.

To participate, meet at the parking lot next to Grandma's Saloon at Washington and 19th Avenues S. in Minneapolis.

For more information on the I-35W project, visit or call the I-35W Bridge Hotline at 612-236-6901.

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