We have hit the heavy bike travel time of the season and while the street-level crossing at Hiawatha has not produced any bike-car collisions, it does seem like an accident waiting to happen. With these things in mind, the question again springs to mind, what’s happening with the Sabo Bridge. Most days as we pass under the bridge it sits empty, no inspectors or construction crews, busily working to get the bridge cleared for return to service.
The other day we had a glint of hope, a story from Minnesota Public Radio said that the Sabo Bridge could re-open before all of the work is done, thanks to the reinforcing that has gone on so far.
Could it really be true? We reached out to Shaun Murphy with the City of a comment and learned the following from the Deputy Director of Public Works:
“It has been determined that to accommodate bikes on the bridge prior to making permanent repairs that we would need to make adjustments to the shoring and back cable stays. We are now determining the costs and schedule of doing this work. A decision has not yet been made on whether the bridge will be opened prior to permanent repairs being made. The decision will be dependent on the cost and schedule of making the adjustments as well as the estimated timeframe for making permanent repairs.”
What do you think readers, are you missing the Sabo as much as we are?