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Last Inspection Of Pedestrian Bridge Found No Problems

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MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Engineers found no sign of trouble during their last inspection of a pedestrian bridge in Minneapolis where a suspension cable broke loose Sunday night.

Mike Kennedy, director of transportation, maintenance and repair for Minneapolis Public Works, said the inspection in September turned up no problems with the 18 sets of cable that support the Martin Olav Sabo Bridge.

The bridge remains closed Tuesday and officials continue to detour the traffic underneath on busy Hiawatha Avenue.

The Hiawatha Light Rail line also remains closed between three nearby stations. Metro Transit is using buses to shuttle rail passengers around it, and says that added about 15 minutes to passengers’ morning commutes.

Kennedy says it’s too soon to say when Hiawatha Avenue, the bridge and the light-rail stops will reopen.

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