It's a grand opening for new Lowry Avenue bridge

  • Article by: KELLY SMITH , Star Tribune
  • Updated: October 27, 2012 - 3:36 PM

"This one will stand a thousand years," former Hennepin County Commissioner Mark Stenglein said. The bridge across the Mississippi River in Minneapolis is now open to traffic.

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sharkysharkOct. 27, 12 2:13 PM

If it "stands for a thousand years", the city might barely get their money's worth. This project went $60 million over budget. The property taxpayers will be paying for this for decades.

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noggnbloggnOct. 27, 12 3:18 PM

Unfortunate quote, perhaps that is why he is a 'former' and not a 'current' commissioner. A thousand years is longer than the city will be standing, longer than the bedrock upon which it so expensively sits will remain stable (with luck, maybe). We get the point, but this is the same brag that Hitler used to justify his power grab. Taxpayers should be allowed to convict office-holders who mis-spend their money, in-debting them for longer than their lifespans. Unfortunate, all the way around. It would have been a better alternative to simple not replace the bridge.

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dtmonkeyboyOct. 27, 12 3:40 PM

The last bridge lasted 100 years. This bridge is expected to last 150.... So taxpayers are getting a bargain. We should try not to leave the next generation with big deficits, but leaving them a defect in infrastructure isn't the solution.

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evenmorejustOct. 27, 12 4:13 PM

Outrageous DFL inspired pork barrel project! Print that Red StarTribune! Criminal charges should be filed over this!

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BCanniffOct. 27, 12 4:50 PM

I won't win any design awards. One of the ugliest bridges in town.

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teddygOct. 27, 12 4:59 PM

Here is a good example of the xtra errors & costs from doing business in Mpls. An almost identical design bridge, 2x as long, but only 3 lanes .... cost state of NY only $72 and was completed in 22 months including old bridge demolition.

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groover6Oct. 27, 12 5:24 PM

Vikings better get ready to play at TCF stadium for 10 years. If it takes 4 years for the DFL to build a bridge, how long for a stadium?

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susanwilhhOct. 27, 12 5:46 PM

Oh my gosh, I read that 1000 year quote and immediately thought of the Titanic. Saying things like that just tempts fate.

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skymommyOct. 27, 12 6:46 PM

I can't believe they didn't even mention the Edison High School band. My son and the rest of the Edison band marched and played their best alongside Patrick Henry's band. Both bands played well and both deserve a mention.

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sister12Oct. 27, 12 8:30 PM

now the crime will go ,,, up ....should of never rebuilt it and spent money on something else

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