St. Anthony Parkway bridge

St. Anthony Parkway Bridge shut down until 2016

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City engineers permanently shut down St. Anthony Parkway Bridge to all vehicle traffic last Friday after they found heavy trucks and school buses were routinely ignoring the bridge’s posted three-ton weight limit.

The deteriorating, 89-year-old bridge was already scheduled to be replaced by fall of 2016, with construction probably beginning next spring. The city hoped to keep it open until October by limiting traffic to smaller vehicles, but it abruptly scrapped those plans when neighbors raised alarm over frequent crossings by school buses full of kids.

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