The Lowry Avenue Bridge celebrates and connects communities
Steel and concrete sweep across the Mississippi River in the form of the elegant Lowry Avenue Bridge, which can also glow with color from an LED light display.
The redesigned bridge, which opened in 2012, connects North to Northeast Minneapolis and is often awash with color from sundown to sunrise. Red, white and blue bedeck the structure for the Fourth of July, and orange and black bounce off the bridge for Halloween.
The bridge normally displays blue lights, but is lit in other colors for holidays and special occasions. Although the lights can’t be used for personal events like birthdays, organizations can request special lighting for community events or public commemoration through the county’s website.
If approved by the county administrator, the bridge will glow with the requested colors from before sundown to after sunrise the next morning.
The bridge can also be lit on short notice, like following Prince’s death when the lights turned purple. A photo of the bridge was posted on Hennepin County’s social media accounts, and was shared more than 2,500 times on Facebook and retweeted more than 850 times. The photo was also featured in a Washington Post article about tributes to Prince.