Minneapolis Midtown Greenway Bridge

Minneapolis Midtown Greenway Bridge

The Minneapolis Midtown Greenway Bridge is now open to the public! It’s true, I went to the Grand Opening Ceremony last night. The mayor was there as well as all the officials that made this impressive bridge possible. It’s unique in that on the side opposite of the cable stay tower is a light rail line and a power transmission line. The bridge actually threads between them. It’s something to see, but not at night.

I got up early this morning to go down and take these pictures. When the ceremony was over last night, it was too gray and dark to take any good pics, and since I biked over, I didn’t bring the tripod for a proper night shot. I choked up the aperture to f9 at 15 seconds. I put the white balance at 5100k to get the car lights white and the bridge lights are actually blue. Noise reduction really helps the black, and yes, I like the lens flare very much, thank you.

The bridge connects two trails making it possible for me (and anyone else, God I’m self-involved) to bike from my neighborhood — Uptown, Minneapolis, MN all the way to the Mississippi river on trails. The trail system in this town is pretty impressive, ONE can bike all around the cities on trails. I regularly bike to St. Paul and back on trails, a round trip of forty miles. Mayor Rybak said last night that Minneapolis is the second most biked city in the country.

Lean more about the bridge and the event at the Star Tribune

So hooray for Minneapolis, enjoy the new bridge and river access, I’m going back to bed.

Here’s the far side of the bridge — not many pictures of this bridge include the far side because it isn’t that interesting. It’s mostly a ramp. The cool big cable tower is there to hold everything up, because there’s no room on the other side. The bridge goes over the light rail tracks and under the big powerlines.

5 replies
  1. Strangetastes
    Strangetastes says:

    Very good night photography. I like the lighting, the angular shapes and your effective use of slow shutter speed to capture the moving car lights.

    Since it is now getting dark early (and even more so in Mpls. than here), I’m starting to bring my camera and tripod to do some night shots after work. I posted one today, as you did. There are some things I want to shoot on my way home tonight.

  2. admin
    admin says:

    Hyderbad –
    The far side of the bridge isn’t as interesting, I’ll get over there and try to figure out how to tell the story of the bridge threading the needle. There is no tower on that side, just a ramp. All the heavy lifting is being done by the tower in my picture. Now that I think about it, I should take a pic to explain that. Thanks for the comment!


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