Sabo bike and pedestrian bridge closed after cable support breaks

The Martin Olav Sabo Bridge, which carries bicycles and pedestrians over Hiawatha Avenue, is closed after a cable support broke late last night, causing the pair of cables anchored farthest east on the bridge to fail. City engineers were called to the bridge around 10:20 p.m. The bridge was closed shortly after that time, and a state bridge engineer was called in to help assess the condition of the bridge.

Early this morning, crews will be working to construct shoring under the slab of bridge deck where the cable support broke loose. While that work is being done, the Minnesota Department of Transportation is redirecting traffic and closing a portion of Hiawatha Avenue through the morning rush hour and possibly longer. The adjacent Hiawatha Light Rail line will be in operation this morning, but it will not use the tracks that run under the Sabo Bridge. Metro Transit will use buses to route riders around the area and make connections on either side.

The Sabo Bridge is a 2,200 foot-long cable-stayed suspension bridge that opened in November of 2007 to carry Midtown Greenway bicycles and pedestrians over Hiawatha Avenue.

Published Feb 20, 2012