Bridge times change for summer

For the rest of the summer, you’ll be able to set your clock by Duluth’s Aerial Lift Bridge. Kind of.

The bridge now is operating on its summer schedule, meaning that between 7 a.m. and 9 p.m. it will open only on the hour and half-hour for small, private vessels.

The bridge will continue to open as needed for large ships — those greater than 300 gross tons — as well as government vessels, tugboats, pilot boats and vessels in distress. And the bridge will lift on signal for all vessels during the overnight hours. The summer schedule lasts through Sept. 3.

The U.S. Coast Guard approved the lift schedule in 2011 to help reduce traffic congestion during the peak navigation and tourist seasons.