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Key St. Paul skyway to reopen formally Wednesday with great fanfare

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Courtesy of Central Corridor LRT Project
St. Paul’s newest skyway opened today, restoring the “missing link” in the system.

It’s been tough getting around downtown St. Paul the past six months, with a key skyway connection closed because of construction of the light rail line.

People actually had to go outside to get across Fifth Street. But now, just in time for the winter skyway season, a newly built key crossing between Alliance Bank building and the St. Paul Athletic Club building, opened to the public today. The old skyway was removed during preliminary LRT construction work.

Formal opening ceremonies for the new skyway across Fifth, between Minnesota and Cedar Streets, will be held Wednesday morning. Very early Wednesday morning.

In the skyway level of the Alliance Bank building, officials will serve coffee and snacks, and hand out goodie bags from local businesses (as long as they last). City and county officials, as well as business leaders and representatives of the Minnesota Wild and Minnesota Swarm sports teams, will be on hand.

They’ll have a ribbon-ceremony at 7:30 a.m., and then travel through downtown will go on — as God and former Mayor George Latimer intended — through the second-story walkways.

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