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.
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.