Safety vs. Money at MnDOT

Five other flawed bridges

  • Updated: March 23, 2011 - 4:14 PM

In addition to the Hastings Bridge, Minnesota has at least five other important bridges -- three that are fracture-critical -- with serious deficiencies, MnDOT inspection records show:

• The fracture-critical Lafayette Bridge (Hwy. 52) in St. Paul, crossing the Mississippi River.

• The Cayuga Bridge (Interstate 35E) in St. Paul, over Cayuga Street.

• The fracture-critical Dresbach Bridge (Interstate 90) over the Mississippi outside of La Crescent.

• The fracture-critical Stillwater Lift Bridge, spanning the St. Croix River. It also is posted for restricted loads.

• The Hwy. 24 bridge over the north fork of the Crow River in Meeker County, northeast of Litchfield.

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  • Repairs to the state's worst bridge and roads are being put off year after year, sometimes for more than a decade, as the transportation agency contends with massive budget shortfalls and aging infrastructure. The collapse of the Interstate 35W bridge in August brought the problems starkly into view.

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