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Duluth's Aerial Lift Bridge stuck in down position after storm

Crews plan to begin de-icing work on Tuesday.
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Duluth's Aerial Lift Bridge in Dec. 2019.

DULUTH, Minn. — Duluth's trademark Aerial Lift Bridge is currently unable to operate following the major winter storm to hit the area over the weekend.

City spokesperson Kate Van Daele said the bridge is not broken, but it is currently overweight due to ice build-up from the storm. De-icing operations are scheduled to begin Tuesday to melt the ice and get the bridge back in working order.

The city said the east sidewalk on the lake side of the bridge is also closed due to safety precautions.

The heavy snow has also closed the city's Bentleyville light display in Bayfront Park. Event organizers are asking for volunteers to help the clear the snow. Bentleyville officials say they will reopen once the snow is cleared.

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Duluth received more than 20 inches of snow during the Thanksgiving weekend storm. City officials said all main roads were cleared as of Monday, with working continuing on residential streets. The city has about 40 pieces of equipment on 16 hour shifts to remove the snow.

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