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June 8, 2012

City and County receive report on cause of Sabo Bridge cable issues

WHAT:             The City of Minneapolis and Hennepin County are receiving an update Friday morning from Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates, Inc., the engineering firm hired to investigate why a pair of cables broke loose from the Sabo bike and pedestrian bridge in February. The City, County, and Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates, Inc. will brief the media and provide an executive summary of the firm’s findings early Friday afternoon. The firm will also present options for making permanent repairs to the bridge.

WHEN:             1 p.m. TODAY, Friday, June 8, 2012  

WHERE:           Sabo Bridge (DETAILS HERE ON EXACT LOCATION)

MORE:             The Sabo Bridge is a 215 foot-long cable-stayed suspension bridge that opened in November of 2007 to carry bicycles and pedestrians on the Midtown Greenway over Hiawatha Avenue and the Hiawatha Light Rail line.  

                        On Sunday, Feb. 19, a pair of suspension cables broke loose from the bridge. The bridge was closed for further evaluation, support structures were put in place under a portion of the bridge deck, and other cable work was done. The bridge reopened to bike and pedestrian traffic on June 1, after engineers determined the bridge could be reopened before permanent repairs are made.

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Published Jun 8, 2012