MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — The Minneapolis City Council got an update on the Sabo Pedestrian Bridge Tuesday morning, which revealed cracking was found in certain areas.
The Deputy Director of Public Works said it’ll be a month or so before it’s determined why a diaphram plate failed on that bridge last week.
Part of Hiawatha Avenue was closed while workers shored up the bridge and made sure it was safe. The Light Rail line was also stopped in the area.
Heidi Hamilton said a failed diaphram plate from the bridge was found on the ground with the cables still connected to it.
It’s now been sent off to a university for analysis.
She said some cracking was found on other diaphram plates, too.
“Certainly, we are looking carefully at the other diaphram plates,” she said. “It is concerning to us as well that there were problems found in other diaphram plates. Calculations were run, even if No. 5 were to fail, the shoring that we have in place would hold the bridge.”
Hamilton said at this point it does not appear that the whole bridge is bad.
She said it looks like some sort of a retrofit can be used to fix it.