Sabo bridge could reopen to bike traffic before analysis is done

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The city of Minneapolis is studying the possibility of opening the Sabo bridge to pedestrian and bicycle traffic. Public Works director Steve Kotke updated a city council committee this morning:

“Now that we’ve stabilized the bridge and are well under way as far as investigating what happened and what the fix is, the next question that has come up is, ‘Can we get the bridge back open for bicycles and pedestrians?’ So we have been investigating that. The initial structural analysis has been completed and what it’s indicating right now is that we are going to have to make some adjustments to the shoring and what’s referred to as de-stressing the back-stay cables. We have that information now, so we are processing it and trying to determine what will be the cost of doing that as well as the timeframe. We’re going to continue working on that, I’ll be back in two weeks and give you an update and hopefully we’ll have some good information at that point to figure out when we’d be able to open up the bridge to bicycles and pedestrians.”

The city closed the bridge earlier this year, after a pair of cables fell when the plate holding them to the top of a bridge support failed. Kotke says researchers at Lehigh University in Pennsylvania are still analyzing the broken plate and another plate that was also significantly damaged. He says the results of the study should be available by the end of next month.

(MPR Photo/Matt Sepic)

  • yup

    I cycle through this area everyday. If anything having the Sabo closed has made things faster. Can we just get a refund and call it even?

  • Sue

    I commute to work by bike on the Greenway and can’t wait until the Sabo bridge opens again. The bridge helps keep bicycles and pedestrians away from the dangers of crossing Hiawatha Avenue. It’s only a matter of time before a car nails somebody there. The bridge is my favorite part of my commute because of the beautiful view of downtown on my westbound ride. The bridge is an example of why it’s great to live in Minneapolis… it’s a work of art for all who are fortunate to get to see it, ride on it, and walk over it.

  • John

    Waiting 3-4 minutes for a crosswalk, hoping an impatient (or inattentative) motorist doesn’t mow us all down and then getting past all the slower cyclists who crossed with me gets old pretty quickly. The Sabo Bridge can’t open soon enough!

  • JC

    “The bridge is an example of why it’s great to live in Minneapolis… it’s a work of art for all who are fortunate to get to see it, ride on it, and walk over it.”

    You can thank the motorists who you look down your nose at. They paid for it with their hard-earned money in the form of gas taxes.

    Should’ve been a toll bridge.

  • Tom

    “You can thank the motorists who you look down your nose at. They paid for it with their hard-earned money in the form of gas taxes.” JC

    1) I ride about 2,500 miles per year, but I drive about 16,000 per year. I think my gas taxes probably help cover it.

    2) The bridge is beneficial to the cars at that intersection. It helps prevent them from killing / maiming bicyclists and pedestrians during moments of inattentiveness.

    Finally, I’ve been hit twice by cars in my life. I had the right-of-way both times. It is to the benefit of drivers and bicyclists alike to build infrastructure that prevents these accidents.