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Stillwater Lift Bridge closed to boat traffic

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STILLWATER, Minn. (AP) -- Minnesota transportation officials say it may take a week before repairs are made to the Stillwater Lift Bridge.

The bridge has been stuck in the down position after the cable snapped Sunday evening as the span was being lowered into place for road and pedestrian traffic.

MnDOT crews had hoped to make a repair Monday. But they ran into trouble finding a replacement cable. It could take a week to install after MnDOT obtains the cable, the Star Tribune reports. It's "anybody's guess" as to an exact date when the bridge will be repaired, Duane Green, a MnDOT maintenance operations engineer, told the Star Tribune.

The Star Tribune reports that three of six strands in the 7/8-inch wire frayed, but it was not immediately clear why, a MnDOT spokesman said.

The frayed cable was last replaced in 2005, MnDOT spokeswoman Denise Workcuff told the Pioneer Press. The cable was inspected in 2012, and there were no signs of fraying, she told the newspaper.

MnDOT says the bridge is temporarily closed to bigger boats because it can't be raised. Transportation officials say the bridge is still open to vehicles.

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