Large distinctive arches will start going up this week on the replacement Lowry Avenue Bridge being built over the Mississippi River between North and Northeast Minneapolis.
The arches should be in place by mid-January, and the entire bridge project, costing about $100 million, is scheduled to be complete next summer. The old bridge was demolished in 2009.
“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.
County officials outline this timeline for the arches:
- Late December — The first four segments, base pieces weighing approximately 130,000 pounds each, will be installed.
- Early January — The segments reaching out over the Mississippi River, which weigh approximately 70,000 to 80,000 pounds each, will be installed.
- Mid-January — The last piece of the arch will be lifted into place.