The bridge connecting north and northeast Minneapolis is being re-opened after being closed off to traffic for more than 2 years, reports the Star Tribune.
The Plymouth Avenue Bridge was closed in October 2010 after routine inspections found worn concrete and deteriorated cables. At the time, vehicles were making more than 140,000 trips across the bridge daily. The repairs are said to be finished by Oct. 15, and the bridge will once again re-open to bikers, pedestrians, and vehicles, reports Finance and Commerce.
Construction is said to continue on the bridge, however, with only two lanes re-opening.
Although not fully open, business owners are thankful the re-opening date is near. Many business owners were frustrated with the construction's drain on their businesses, including owner Tim Tuttle of Elsie's, reports Finance and Commerce. "It would have been nice for them [the city] to do something for us - they didn't," Tuttle said.
Construction on the bridge will halt in November, and resume until repairs are finished, reports the Star Tribune.