Guthrie cantilever work closes parkway

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October 18, 2004 // UPDATED 4:23 pm - April 25, 2007
By: Sarah McKenzie
Sarah McKenzie

Construction has started on the riverfront Guthrie Theater's cantilevered bridge -- a deck stretching 176 feet over West River Parkway.

When completed, the bridge, which juts out toward the river like a horizontal arm, will be the longest cantilevered structure in the country built for people to walk on, said Jim Morrison, the theater's director of communications.

A portion of West River Parkway beneath the cantilevered bridge has been closed to traffic. When bridge work temporarily ends later this month, the parkway will be reopened, Morrison said. Crews will resume work on the bridge in the spring.

The new, $125 million riverfront Guthrie Theater at South 2nd Street & Chicago Avenue is slated for a May 2006 opening. Designed by French architect Jean Nouvel, the new Guthrie will feature a deep-blue metallic exterior.