Canal Park will be congested this weekend and with runners going by and most of Harbor drive blocked off, the Minnesota Slip Bridge will have special hours.

The City of Duluth says in a press release that the Minnesota Slip Bridge on Saturday, June 19 will have special hours, from 7:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. It's because Grandma’s Marathon events are taking place at Bayfront Park and an expected increase in pedestrian traffic crossing the bridge.

For boats, the press release says the bridge will open at quarter past the hour and three-quarters past the hour for boat traffic. This schedule will allow any vessel exiting the Minnesota Slip to make the lifting schedule for the Aerial Lift Bridge. The lifting schedule for the Aerial Lift Bridge will remain the same, lifting at the top and bottom of the hour for pleasure craft and as needed for all commercial vessels.

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The press release says this schedule has been posted on all of the gates going into the marina to alert vessel owners so they can plan accordingly. The best thing to remember is to be patient, there are a lot of people here in the city, walking, running, shopping, and with the races going on, we have to have schedules for everyone to get their activities in.

The Minnesota Slip Bridge will return to regular lift hours of operation on Sunday, June 20, so if you really want to do some shopping or get around downtown and around the Harbor and visit the Aquarium, you should do most of your walking on Sunday. Although, if you are there for a runner, plan ahead, it's a good spot to see the race.

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