With the Tall Ships Festival in town this weekend, traffic will be greatly increased throughout Canal Park.  This will also have an impact on the Minnesota Slip Bridge (the Blue Bridge in Canal Park) and the Aerial Lift Bridge.

According to the City Of Duluth, the Minnesota Slip Bridge will be implementing a modified lift schedule from 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m., through Sunday Aug 21st.

The Slip Bridge will be opening twice an hour; at 15 minutes after the hour and again at the 45 minute mark (example, 10:15 and 10:45).  The only exception will be made for commercial charter fishing vessels returning from chartered fishing trips.

While the Lift Bridge will be on its normal summer lifting schedule (on the hour and half hour mark), there will be extra personnel working during the Tall Ships Festival to help safely move vehicles and pedestrians across the Ariel Lift Bridge due to the expected high volume of traffic and visitors around the area.