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Report: Several local bridges 'structurally deficient'


ROCHESTER, Minn. (KTTC) -- After the I-35W bridge collapse of 2007, bridge reinforcement and safety has increasingly become a concern for Minnesotans. And now, several bridges in southeast Minnesota have been deemed 'structurally deficient' on the newest list released by the National Bridge Inventory.

The bridges include the South Fork bridge in Oronoco, the Little Iowa State 2 bridge in Le Roy and the Old Barn bridge in Carrolton Township between Lanesboro and Preston.

The bridge closings in Carrolton Township two years ago created concern for local resident Shirley Endres, who's hoping they will be repaired or replaced so residents can commute through the area easier. Without access, residents say, the drive takes them 10 to 15 minutes longer.

Townships report defective bridges to the county, and then decides which ones will go on the list. If funding is adequate, the county will repair or replace them.

But the timeline on that is not specific, leaving many residents in the dark about when repairs or replacements will take place.


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