On Wednesday the final piece of the Lowry Bridge arch was put into place. This is going to be a world-class bridge that will bring north and northeast Minneapolis back together. The aesthetics are already amazing, but we found out it's just getting better. The bridge will have LED lighting similar to the 35W bridge, the bike lanes are done right, and the county is building storage tanks that will hold hundreds of gallons of rainwater before the runoff gets to the Mississippi. Hennepin County really hit it out of the park here, and this bridge will help transform and revitalize our communities by leaps and bounds.
A side note on blogging and social media here: the implosion of the Lowry Bridge was the first video I uploaded onto Youtube. In the spirit of trying new ways to connect people and events through social media and smartphone technology, I streamed footage live from my phone on an application called Qik, and uploaded videos 1, 2, 3, and 4 of the event. I'm still ironing out the wrinkles and looking for a way to stream live directly on Blogger, but live streaming is yet another way blogs and social media can get coverage of an event out faster and more nimbly than traditional sources. (Although the Strib's video is quite cool if I do say so myself.)
The videos of the final piece being put into place are indicative of the building process as a whole. The arch was completed so slowly as to be almost imperceptible. I moved the camera from side to side a few times just to show anyone watching that the video had not paused in any way. I am compelled to warn you, with some degree of irony, that you should not watch those clips while operating heavy machinery. But once the arch was completed, one almost forgets how long it took to finish the job.
More photos after the jump...
|I think this guy had the best view.|