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Aerial Lift Bridge In Duluth Will Begin Summer Schedule Tomorrow

Vehicle and foot traffic on Park Point picks up in the summer and so does the the shipping industry.  It is a sure sign that warmer weather and sunny days are ahead when the Aerial Lift Bridge starts their summer schedule.  What does that mean to you?  Maybe a little time spent in your car being "bridged".  Check out the summer schedule here.

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Tony Hart/TSM Photojournalist
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Aerial Lift Bridge Will Be Down To One Lane For Cleaning Today

Ok, this is embarrassing, I don't even wash my walls (my friend Kathy does!) and the City of Duluth makes me look bad by washing the BRIDGE!  Getting it all shined up for tourist season (dang seagulls!).  But, that means some single lane traffic you should know about.

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Nick Cooper - TSM Duluth
Nick Cooper - TSM Duluth
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Watch the First Saltie of the 2015 Season Arrive in Duluth Harbor [VIDEO]

At around noon on Monday (April 13), the Twin Ports welcomed the first ocean-going ship into the harbor for the 2015 shipping season.

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Hear What 55 MPH Winds Sound Like At Duluth’s Aerial Lift Bridge [VIDEO]

To say it was windy today would be an understatement.  35mph winds were forecast, but one area actually clocked 70mph!  A reliable source told me that one of the ships that arrived around 2pm today, the Philip R. Clarke was having trouble docking due to the winds.

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Aerial Lift Bridge Commemorates Earth Hour By “Going Dark” Saturday

I'm sure people who don't read this blog will wonder if the city of Duluth neglected to pay their light bill when the Aerial Lift Bridge's lights go dark on Saturday.  Truth of the matter is there's a very good reason for it and the community will be joining millions around the world!

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New Aerial Lift Bridge Sign
Cathy Kates
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City Of Duluth Installs New Signage On The Aerial Lift Bridge

When we were running in the beautiful Northland weather this past week I saw the orange snow fence by the Aerial Lift Bridge and didn't even think twice.  By the end of the week there was something new on the bridge that caught my eye.  New electronic signs indicating to foot traffic when it was safe to cross!

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Update: City of Duluth Aerial Lift Bridge Operator Application Deadline Extended

The City of Duluth is looking to hire a Bridge Operator, what an opportunity for someone with the right qualifications! If you've been holding out for a dream job in the Northland, this is it!  They have extended the application deadline to Friday, February 6, 2015 to make sure all who are interested have the time to apply.

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Tony Hart/TSM Photojournalist
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City of Duluth Has Historic Job Opening: Aerial Lift Bridge Operator

The City of Duluth is looking to hire a Bridge Operator, what an opportunity for someone with the right qualifications!  If you've been holding out for a dream job in the Northland, this is it!  But hurry, they are only accepting applications for a couple more days!

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Ken & Cathy Visit The Aerial Lift Bridge – Did You Know There Is A Bridge Within A Bridge [VIDEO]

I learned this fascinating piece of history from my daughter Kylee one day as we were strolling along the Lake Walk.  She worked on the Vista and heard the speech on the history of the bridge almost daily.  I didn't believe her until we walked over and she showed me the span within a span.  Dave Campbell, the Aerial Lift Bridge Supervisor gives us the skinny on how it came to be.

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Ken & Cathy Visit The Aerial Lift Bridge – Where Do Bridge Operators Go To The Bathroom? [VIDEO]

OH, YES I DID!  After I looked around the pilot house on the Aerial Lift Bridge and didn't see any "facilities", I asked the inevitable human interest question.  "Where do you guys go to the bathroom".  The answer will surprise you!

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Ken & Cathy Visit The Aerial Lift Bridge – Could You Take A Ride On The Bridge? [VIDEO]

Ken and I found that there was much more than statistics to learn about our Aerial Lift Bridge.  After we got answers to what the Lift Bridge Operators have to do when there are people on the bridge and it needs to go up, Ken asked the question, "Can anyone ever ride on the Aerial Lift Bridge?"

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Ken & Cathy Visit The Aerial Lift Bridge – What Happens When Lightning Strikes? [VIDEO]

As our Aerial Lift Bridge Series continues, so do questions that cross everyone's mind.  Ken and I got on the topic of weather when we were in the pilot house and I remembered an instance when I saw the bridge get hit by lightning.  We asked, "what happens then?"

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