A major inspection of Minneapolis' Martin Sabo Bridge less than six months ago failed to turn up anything to forecast the broken cable that now has the bridge closed. With the support cable gone, Metro Transit has declilned to run light rail trains under the bridge -- creating headaches for commuters.
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Minneapolis will try to solve mystery of why Sabo bridge cable failed
City officials say it could take months to learn why one of the bridge's cables broke, shutting down traffic on the busy street and light rail track that run beneath it. The bike-and-pedestrian bridge is only five years old and had recently passed an inspection.
Broken bridge cable closes part of Hwy. 55, messes up morning commute in Twin Cities
Part of Hiawatha Avenue was closed Monday morning after a cable snapped on a pedestrian and bicycle bridge that spans the road.
Inspectors find cracks on remaining cable plates on Minneapolis pedestrian bridge
A Minneapolis official says the failure on the Martin Sabo pedestrian bridge happened with what's known as a diaphragm plate. Deputy Public Works Director Heidi Hamilton tells the city council more of the plates are also cracked. She says it may take months to repair, but she's confident there is a retrofit solution.
Stretch of Hiawatha, light rail in Minneapolis closed until further notice
Drivers and rail passengers will have to continue using alternate routes as repairs continue indefinitely on the Martin Olav Sabo pedestrian and bicycle bridge that spans the route. Fox 9 reports crews are still trying to stabilize the bridge. The city's transportation director tells the station that every time workers touch one part of the bridge, something else happens.
Sabo bridge plates had 'poor fatigue resistance'
Cable diaphragm plates that cracked on the Martin Olav Sabo Bridge, leading officials to shut down the span for months this year, had "welded details that offer poor fatigue resistance," according to a 140-page report released Friday by the city of Minneapolis.
Minneapolis light rail detours will continue through Tuesday morning
A broken cable closed a bridge and is forcing detours of light rail passengers around the Lake Street station. That will continue at least through the Tuesday morning rush hour.
Investigators still looking for what caused bridge cables to snap
A Minneapolis resident told WCCO he saw a cop car and ambulance travel over the five-year-old pedestrian bridge before last week's closure. A city spokesperson says the bridge is designed to handle emergency vehicles.
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