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Aerial Lift Bridge begins summer schedule

Tourist aboard the Vista King tour boat take in the view while going underneath the Aerial Lift Bridge in 2005. (News Tribune file photo)

The Aerial Lift Bridge will begin its summer lift schedule on Friday, the city of Duluth announced.

The bridge will lift on the hour and half hour from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. every day until the Tuesday following Labor Day. It will continue to open upon request at all times for vessels over 300 gross tons; federal, state and local government vessels; vessels in distress; commercial vessels engaged in rescue or emergency salvage operations; vessels engaged in pilot duties; and vessels seeking shelter from severe weather, according to the city. All other water vessels will follow the half-hour and hour lift times.