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Construction on new pedestrian bridge

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ROCHESTER, Minn. (KTTC) -- Construction started Wednesday on a new pedestrian bridge over Valleyhigh Drive in Rochester.

The bridge will be approximately 950 feet long and will be constructed near the intersection of Technology Drive Northwest over Valleyhigh Drive.

The bridge will eliminate the grade-crossing for pedestrians and bicyclists on the Douglas Trail west of IBM.

"We completed other segments of this bridge two to three years ago," said construction supervisor Mike Easley. "And we still have one grid crossing which is considered somewhat hazardous on Valleyhigh Drive. This will take all of the pedestrians and bicycles off any street pavement and separate them from traffic hazards."

Bridge work is expected to be finished next year. 

Valleyhigh Drive is open to traffic while the bridge foundations are being constructed. However, both the north and south sides of the road will be closed.

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