Snapped Cable Puts Kink In Hwy. 55 Traffic, LRT

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — A bicycle and pedestrian bridge in Minneapolis has been closed for repairs after a cable support broke and caused a separate pair of cables to fail.

Service along Metro Transit’s light rail transit route was suspended between the 38th Street and Franklin Avenue stations Monday morning.

The snapped cable was one of those supporting the Martin Olav Sabo pedestrian bridge over Highway 55, just north of the Lake Street station.

According to the Minnesota Department of Transportation, the break caused a pair of cables anchored east on the bridge to also fail.

The broken cable was reported by a bridge user who contacted authorities through 311.

MnDOT said Highway 55 would be closed to motorists between East 26th Street and Lake Street Monday while crews worked to repair the pedestrian bridge. Metro Transit plans to extend replacement bus service into the morning rush hour on Tuesday, as well.

Metro Transit bussed passengers between the two stations, with a stop at the bus station at ground level on Lake Street.

Mike Kennedy, director of public works with the City of Minneapolis, said the bridge will likely be closed for some time while crews work on repairs, but they’re hopeful Highway 55 below the bridge will be open by Tuesday.

The Martin Olav Sabo bridge opened in 2007.


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