Minneapolis Loses Right to Have Bridges

foot bridgeThis is why some cities can’t have nice things. When it comes to bridges, the entire city of Minneapolis fails so hard that they just had their bridge permissions revoked by the U.S. Bridge Commission. Many bridges were shut down after failing the Your Fat Mom test, and several bridges fell apart even after being inspected and passed.

Of note, the 35W bridge collapsed over the Mississippi River in 2007, killing 13 people and injuring 145. Then the Lowry Bridge was found to be unsound for semi trailers so the city banned all traffic from the bridge, including pedestrians. Also the Camden Bridge and the 8th Street bridge were closed and replaced. Several other bridges were silently taken out of commission, never to be heard from again.

However the cable that broke the bridge’s back was the Sabo bike/pedestrian bridge over Hiawatha Avenue, also known as Highway 55. On Sunday, February 19th, 2012 the busy highway had to be shut down indefinitely as they attempted to repair the broken cables. After hearing about the latest bridge failure, Robert Hedgeurbetz immediately banned Minneapolis from using any bridges.

“It will take some time to get used to it, but the people of Minneapolis have options. They can ford the river, caulk their wagons and float across, or pay for a ferry.”