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County to implode aging Lowry bridge in Minneapolis

Associated Press

MINNEAPOLIS — With a boom and a splash Hennepin County plans to take down the historic Lowry Avenue Bridge in Minneapolis to make way for a modern replacement.

The county says in a news release Wednesday that it plans to implode the bridge on Sunday morning, June 21.

Officials say the implosion will sever what remains of the steel trusses, dropping them into the Mississippi River. Residents will probably hear a loud, deep boom.

The bridge was built in 1905 and was substantially renovated in 1958. It was closed in April 2008 amid safety concerns about one of its piers, which had shifted out of place.

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The bridge connects north Minneapolis with northeast Minneapolis and once carried about 12,000 cars a day.

The riverbed is expected to be cleared by the end of June.

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