MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — The Upper St. Anthony Falls lock and dam will open to visitor traffic this weekend — but in a new way.

It’s been two years since any traffic on the water navigated through it after its 2015 closure.

Lockmaster Mike DeRusha’s workload all but dropped to a weekly visit.

“Very quiet,” DeRusha said. “It’s kind of sad in a way because we used to get a lot of people that would go through here.”

But the crowds will be able to return this weekend.

“It is kind of a treasure, it’s kind of a jewel in the middle of the city,” DeRusha said. “You stand here and you look around and you know if you go to the Stone Arch Bridge or the Guthrie, you’re watching the lock. Now you have a chance to see it and get on it.”

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