Late Night at the Slip Bridge

Grandma’s Marathon has come and gone, as well as most of the participants, spectators and vendors.  During the weekend, the Minnesota Slip Bridge was kept open 24 hours a day through 2:30 AM Sunday.  I was the lucky person who tended the bridge from 9:00 PM Saturday till 2:30 AM Sunday.  Intermittent showers and cooler temps may have been a factor in the quiet evening.  Of course there were a few very happy/tippy revelers leaving the festivities as the night wore on, some of who were kind enough to stop and say hello as they passed.

To top things off, there was a lovely sunset, a ship passing under the Aerial Lift Bridge and an opportunity to play with my camera in the wee hours of the evening.



The Bridge Is Open!

Although some tweaking is still taking place, the Minnesota Slip Bridge is back in service.  I enjoyed a lovely Duluth evening tending the bridge, chatting with many happy Duluthians who were very pleased to have the bridge working again.  There were also several convention goers that shared that happiness as they would no longer have to make the trek around the Irvin to get back and forth from the DECC, their hotels and Canal Park.  As always, I had a camera with me so that I could capture some of the sights that make this job so much fun.  I also enjoyed a visit from one of the many forms of wildlife that hang out at the bridge.  He was polite and remained on the outside of the booth for the evening.  And for frosting on the cake, there was a full moon.
Note: the official opening ceremony has been moved to Tuesday, June 13th and I regret that I will not be able to participate on that day.

Training Day

As the repairs finish up on the bridge operators were brought in for training on the new drive system.  It’s quite a change from last year, with the control panel sporting a video screen to track the operation of the bridge.  We got the chance to walk on the bridge and inspect the new rack and pinion drive, the various sensors that will make operation safer and perform test opens and closes of the bridge.  We are all looking forward to the opening ceremonies on June 9th at 10:00 AM, hope to see some of you there.