The Google Earth satellite view from March shows one span removed, and one in the process of being removed. It's likely gone by now.
The bridge was closed to all traffic this past June. Due to the deteriorating condition of the bridge, a 3 ton limit was placed on it but wasn't necessarily followed. The bridge continued to deteriorate to the point of having to be closed with no notice.
Project moving forward. Historic truss spans available for purchase. If interested, click here for details:
St. Anthony Parkway Bridge to be replaced; historic truss spans for sale. Any takers, keep October 29th open and grab them! Info here: http://thebridgehunter.areavoices.com/2013/10/22/st-anthony-...
Here`s a Bridgehunter`s Chronicles`question for the forum regarding this bridge: As bridge replacement seems inevitable, the trusses are salvageable. The question is, do we save one of them and let the rest be scrap or reuse them either for bike trails, rural roads or both. Read the article and tell us what you think.....
Looks like 2013 or 2014 will be the year of demolition. Maybe a group should be assembled to attempt to get the trusses moved to a new location?
This bridge is doomed, but nobody seems to know for sure when...the original replacement year was 2007, but lack of funding has delayed the project every year since--:>D!! The city wants to place a signature bridge at this location, as it is part of the Minneapolis Grand Rounds route, but a design has not yet been decided on. The longer it takes, the happier I'll be!! As Nathan Holth has said, maybe we should go out and nail plywood on it, and it will be preserved!!