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Duluth's famous Aerial Lift Bridge starts summer operating schedule

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A message for drivers and bridge enthusiasts: Duluth's famous Aerial Lift Bridge is now operating under its summer schedule.

Starting Friday, the bridge will open on the hour and the half hour to commercial vessels weighing under 300 gross tons going to and from the Twin Ports, KDAL reports.

The schedule will run through Tuesday, Sept. 8, and KDAL notes it is meant to reduce the wait time for vehicles crossing it during the busy summer season.

The Northland News Center reports that the bridge will also open on signal for any vessel weighing more than 300 gross tons, as well as in other circumstances, such as for boats belonging to federal, state and local government, vessels in distress, and commercial vessels in rescue or emergency salvage operations.

The bridge will also open on signal for all vessels between 9 p.m. to 7 a.m., seven days a week.

So for drivers planning on heading to Park Point over the bridge, you'll need to time it right or you'll face some delays.

The warmer weather brings big numbers to Duluth, with Visit Duluth saying that the city attracts 3.5 million people annually, bringing a $780 million boost to the local economy.

The Twin Ports meanwhile welcomes more than 1,000 ocean-going or Great Lakes freighters every year, the website notes.

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