What's Broken?

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May 9, 2005 // UPDATED 1:54 pm - April 26, 2007
By: Greg Corradini
Greg Corradini

The street lighting on the 3rd Avenue Bridge is posing a problem for one Skyway News reader. Dee Cotten wrote the Skyway News about the lack of working streetlights on the bridge, which spans the Mississippi.

City of Minneapolis Public Works Professional Engineer Bev Warmka said the Department of Transportation and Parking Services is currently evaluating whether they can replace all the bulbs on the bridge at once, instead of spot-checking and changing lights each time one goes out.

The number of streetlights currently out on the bridge is unknown, she said. "The lights out there are to the point of being past their useful life," Warmka said.

However, she said Public Works still has to consider if replacing all the lights is a reasonable and feasible option. If it is not cost-effective, Warmka said Public Works would replace the lights on an individual basis.

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