Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Lowry Bridge Arch to be Complete Today

Post and photos by the Hawthorne Hawkman.

One of the arches on the Lowry Bridge was connected today, and tomorrow at approximately 10 a.m. the "keystone" piece of the arch will be put into place.  An event commemorating its completion will be held at Edgewater Park in northeast Minneapolis starting at 9:30 a.m.

Commissioner Stenglein's office released a press advisory that reads...

Feb. 14, 2012

Contacts:       Mark Stenglein, Hennepin County Commissioner: 612-348-7882
       Paul Backer, Project Engineer: 612-282-1714
       Cara Lee, Public Affairs: 612-348-6883


                                                     Last segment of Lowry Avenue Bridge arches
                                                                 installed Feb. 15

WHAT:   The media is invited to watch as the last segment of the Lowry Avenue Bridge arches is lifted into place by a crane the morning of
     Wednesday, Feb. 15. The keystone segment (of the northern arch) being installed is 40 feet long, weighs 73,000 pounds and has a cross-sectional
     area of 4 feet by 5 feet.

       The arch pieces are joined together by 16 bolts that have to be fastened by iron workers, and welded around each interface. The arches reach a
     height of 90 feet above the yet-to-be-completed bridge deck and 120 feet above the water.

       Editor’s Note: Public Affairs will provide a gallery of downloadable images from the installation following the news conference.

WHEN:   Wednesday, Feb. 15
       10 a.m. news conference coinciding with the segment installation

       It takes approximately half an hour for the crane to lift the keystone segment from the ground up into place in the arch.

WHERE:          Edgewater Park
       2326 Marshall St. NE
     Minneapolis, MN 55418

WHO:    Hennepin County Commissioner Mark Stenglein will provide comments as the keystone segment of the Lowry Avenue Bridge arches is lifted into
     place by a crane.


                                        Look for more news on the Hennepin County website, www.hennepin.us.

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