In about a month, if things go as hoped, we’ll get to try out two traffic lanes and a pedestrian/bike lane on the new portion of the Fifth Street Bridge.
Around July 20, they’ll redirect traffic from the old bridge to two lanes of the new bridge, as well as a 10-foot wide sidewalk. Moving traffic to the new bridge will allow demolition of the old bridge to make way for the construction of two more new lanes.
The whole Twin Cities Memorial Bridge is due for completion in 2020.
There’s something monumental about a bridge over a fair-sized river. We’re anxious to have the landmark completed. And it should be a big help in local traffic flow.
(All that construction activity, as well as the presence here and there of obstacles – just below the surface and unseen – make boating and rafting in that area a little dangerous ... so please take care.)
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