DULUTH, Minn. (AP) — Officials will try raising the Duluth Aerial Lift Bridge less frequently this summer in a bid to ease traffic congestion on the roads surrounding the bridge.

From May 27 through Labor Day, the bridge will lift every half-hour from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. for recreational and small commercial boats. It’s a departure from in the past, when the bridge would lift any time for large freighters.

City officials say the reduced lifts, first tested in 2010, have reduced traffic congestion in Canal Park as well as wear and tear on the bridge. It also saves locals from having to wait for lifts.

The Duluth News Tribune reports in 2010, operators reported 1,045 fewer lifts than in 2009, a 23 percent reduction.

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Comments (2)
  1. gtV says:

    This is not really a big deal. Too many recreational boaters and hurried drivers can’t wait for the big ships to exit or transit the harbor. The bridge hours times for boat transits should help. When in Duluth don’t complain, if you have to wait, for the big lakers and salties to pass through the entry when their turn comes.

  2. Bob in St.Paul says:

    I like that bridge .It is one reazine I drive the 21/2 hours there one or two times a year .Now if they’d get a camera pionted at it then I could see it go up and down for the bid ships form my laptop on the web site they have .

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