Historic Minisa Bridge Will Reopen Tuesday

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A ceremony to honor the reopening of the historic Minisa Bridge will begin at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, exactly 76 years after the original dedication on Sept. 23, 1932.

The bridge, located on 13th Street next to North High School, will close at noon Tuesday to prepare for the re-dedication ceremony. It will reopen at approximately 9 p.m.

Representatives of the Kansas Department of Transportation, Wichita North High School and contractors involved in the reconstruction and restoration process will participate in the re-dedication ceremony, as well as Mayor Carl Brewer, Councilwoman Sharon Fearey and other City of Wichita officials.

The North High Madrigals chorus will perform at 5:30 p.m. before the re-dedication ceremony and reception.

People who donated old glass for the colored concrete (Carthalite) decorative elements on the bridge have been invited to the event, as well as children of Gilbert Burgerhoff, the North High student body spokesman who participated in the 1932 dedication.

The public is invited to attend the rededication. In the event of inclement weather, the ceremony will be moved to the North High cafeteria.

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