Aerial Lift Bridge showing off new paint job

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Yesterday was the first day of Spring. The Aerial Lift Bridge celebrated by making a lift at noon (above), shortly after two-direction-at-the-same-time auto traffic was opened. With the paint job completed for this year, the bridge crew still has to do some maintenance on the bridge but it should be open to ship traffic by Saturday. The Mesabi Miner will depart Taconite Harbor around noon today, arriving in the Twin Ports in the evening to load coal for Marquette. It is expected to depart for Marquette sometime Saturday morning. For a change of pace from the Miner, on Saturday both the Roger Blough and the Indiana Harbor should also depart the port. Photo taken on March 20, 2008
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 03-21-2008