MINNEAPOLIS - A busy stretch of Highway 55/Hiawatha Avenue in Minneapolis may be closed longer than anticpated in order for crews to repair on a popular bicycle/pedestrian bridge.
The Martin Olav Sabo Bridge closed late Sunday night after a cable support broke and caused the pair of cables anchored farthest east on the bridge to fail. The bridge spans the highway.
Minneapolis Public Works Superintendant Mike Kennedy said on Monday that repairs to the bicycle/pedestrian bridge were taking longer than first expected, and that traffic on Hiawatha could be impacted through Tuesday morning's rush hour.
Highway 55/Hiawatha Avenue is closed between East 26th Street and Lake Street. Motorists are advised to use alternate routes to avoid congestion.
Service on the Hiawatha Light Rail line is suspended between 38th Street and Franklin Avenue stations. Metro Tranisit said light rail service to Lake Street is suspended until further notice, inclding for Tuesday's morning rush hour. Buses are being used to get passengers between the closed stops.
The Sabo Bridge is a 2,200 foot-long cable-stayed suspension bridge that opened in November of 2007 to carry bicycles and pedestrians over Hiawatha Avenue.
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