A Twin Cities bridge could soon be open to traffic again.
DOTD officials say the hold up was due to several parts that had to be made from scratch.
lightning storm crippled the
The two drives valued at $25 thousand each were installed last week.
And they are the only ones like them in the world.
NBC 10's Nathan Ledford toured the control house today and found out
just why the
Lightning shorted out several electrical components in late may.
So what's the hold up?
"The drive was the primary component that we had to have and it had to be manufactured," said DOTD Assistant Administrator Kirk Gallien
This is the famous gizmo we've been waiting for: it's a kind of circuit board.
Gallien shows off the two new ones now installed in the
Industrial Automation in
And all these pieces and parts of this electric drive are what move the bridge itself back and forth.
"When you turn it on and off, the contactors in here actually sends and stops the pulses of electricity," said Gallien.
Each drive is worth 25 thousand dollars.
Only one has to be used, the other is for back up.
"There are no spare parts for those two drives, that's correct. If they happen to get struck again then we would be obligated to build the drives again," said Gallien.
But that's not the only problem; several more standard electric parts like controls were replaced as well.
was a lightning strike that shorted circuits and put the
Gallien says the main parts of the bridge are ready for inspection.
But there are some small parts that need to be installed to
get cars rolling across
Gallien tells me a representative from the manufacturer will be here tomorrow morning to test the bridge.
He tells NBC 10 News the bridge will be ready by the end of next week at the latest.