Hennepin County recently had a grand opening celebration for the Franklin Bridge.
The very day the Franklin Bridge and the West River Parkway opened to people walking and biking, we did a little impromptu joy ride to check it out! Our group was small, but after spending ten minutes at one of the outlook areas on the bridge, we had gathered a nice little group of friends. After a long wait, everyone was eager to check out the new bridge!
This past Saturday, Hennepin County had a grand opening celebration for the Franklin Bridge.
There were snacks, some music, and distinguished speakers.
Did you know that Franklin Bridge is a historic bridge? When it originally opened in 1923, it was the longest concrete span bridge in the world. It carried streetcars for a few decades. I also learned that the bridge engineer, Frederick W. Cappelen, also designed the Kenwood Water Tower and Prospect Park Water Tower, as well as working on other Minneapolis bridges.
And then... a procession of bikes and walkers!
The Franklin Bridge Bike Counter was flipped on. Have you been counted yet?