DULUTH — The Aerial Lift Bridge in Duluth reopened to shipping traffic Thursday, Dec. 5, after closing due to excessive ice weight Monday.

Ships can now traverse in and out of the Duluth Shipping Canal under the bridge, according to a news release from the city of Duluth.

Crews started deicing Tuesday and continued into Wednesday until temperatures warmed and ice started falling. The Duluth area was blanketed with nearly 22 inches of snow over the weekend.