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Great American Infrastructure: Minneapolis, MN: Minneapolis Skyway System

Posted by Content Coordinator on Monday, April 16th, 2012

This is the sixteenth in a series of entries celebrating infrastructure achievements in the United States.


What: The Minneapolis Skyway System is a collection of enclosed and interconnected pedestrian bridges.

Where:  Minneapolis Skyway System is located in downtown Minneapolis, MN.

Length: The system forms a network of climate-controlled, pedestrian walkways that links over sixty full city blocks over seven miles (11 km).


 Interesting facts: The Minneapolis Skyway System is the largest continuous system of pedestrian bridges in the world.

The skyways are owned by individual buildings in Minneapolis, and as such they do not have uniform opening and closing times.

In 1962 the city’s first skyway bridge connecting the NorthStar Center and the Northwestern National Bank was built.  People really began to take notice in 1973 though when the IDS center opened.  The Minneapolis Skyway System has been expanded several times since.  You can view an interactive map of the skyway here.

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