Slip and Lift Bridges to Run Amended Schedules
During Tall Ships both bridges will have a modified lift schedule
The Minnesota Slip Bridge, or the Blue Bridge in Canal Park, and the Aerial Lift Bridge will be implementing a modified lift schedule during the Tall Ships Festival.
These hours will be in effect from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday August 18-21.
The Slip Bridge will be opening twice an hour; at 15 minutes after the hour and again at the 45 minute mark. The only exception will be made for commercial charger fishing vessels returning from chartered fishing trips. The normal lifting schedule will resume on Monday August 22.
On Thursday, August 18, the “Parade of Sail” will travel under the Aerial Lift Bridge. The parade is scheduled to begin at 1:00 p.m. and last approximately 1.5 hours. During the Parade of Sail, the public should expect longer than normal lift times.
Three separate groups of Tall Ships are expected to sail under the Bridge. The plan is to have the Bridge raise and allow three Tall ships to enter the harbor for each interval, and then the Bridge will lower and allow traffic to cross.
The Lift Bridge will return to its normal on the hour and on the half mark following the Parade of Sail. There will be extra Bridge personnel working during the Festival to help safely move vehicles and pedestrians across the Bridge due to the expected high volume of traffic and visitors around the Bridge.