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Larpenteur Ave. Bridge Reopens to Traffic Wednesday

Updated: 07/24/2014 9:21 PM
Created: 07/22/2014 5:32 PM KSTP.com
By: Cassie Hart

Workers are putting the finishing touches on a St. Paul bridge, which should be open to traffic by Wednesday night.

It took crews two nights, earlier this month, to install the new Larpenteur Avenue Bridge over Interstate 35E. Crews had closed Interstate 35E in both directions between Wheelock Parkway and Larpenteur Avenue July 9 and 10.

A technique known as Slide in Bridge Construction was used to put the new span in place. The process came with a few kinks; crews were only able to move the new bridge about halfway into place. There was some metal bending in places it wasn’t supposed to, delaying the process by one day.

Watch: Time-Lapse Video of the Bridge Slide Process

Larpenteur Avenue Bridge.
Photo: Minnesota Department of Transportation

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