Lowry Avenue Bridge taking shape

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December 5, 2011 // UPDATED 10:54 am - December 7, 2011
By: Jeremy Zoss
Jeremy Zoss

BOTTINEAU

Beginning this week, the Lowry Avenue Bridge linking North and Northeast Minneapolis will gain the arches that are the centerpiece of its design. The arches will be assembled piece by piece in a process that is expect to last through mid-January, weather permitting.

“The arches are the exclamation points on this marvel of modern infrastructure. When this process is complete, we'll have the signature connection between North and Northeast Minneapolis that has been envisioned from the start, and will be a staple of this region for 100-plus years,”said Hennepin County Commissioner Mark Stenglein in a statement.

The arches are comprised of 22 pieces in total. The first four sections, which each weigh approximately 130,000 pounds, should be in place by late December. The next phase of construction, installation of cables and lights, should begin in February 2012.