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Plymouth Ave. and Lyndale Ave. bridges reopening Monday

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Two busy bridges will be reopening to traffic in Minneapolis by the end of the day Monday.

An estimated 14,000 drivers used the Plymouth Avenue bridge everyday before it closed two years ago. Crews are only reopening one lane in each direction for now, but that's better than it's been.

Bridge inspectors were forced to shut it down in October of 2010 after engineers found fraying steel and concrete cables in the now-30-year-old structure.

Because it's relatively new, the bridge did have back-up safety features and officials say it wouldn't have "failed," but to be safe, it was shut-down to cars and trucks and to the many people who crossed it daily on foot or bicycle for exercise or to commute to work. Drivers have been using the nearby Hennepin and Broadway bridges as detours.

The other bridge opening is the Lyndale Avenue bridge on the city's south side.

The brand new bridge will reopen after city, county, neighborhood and business leaders hold an official ribbon-cutting at 1 p.m. Monday.

The Lyndale bridge closed back in January after officials and preservationists agreed the 119-year-old bridge was just too old and would cost too much to rehab.

The new bridge cost $3.5 million dollars to build, and is part of a much larger Lyndale Ave. renovation project that's been in the works since the mid 1990s.

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