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Crews ready to pour concrete deck for Paul Bunyan State Trail bridge

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Bemidji Minnesota P.O. Box 455 56619

BEMIDJI - Pouring of the concrete deck of the Paul Bunyan State Trail Bridge will force the closure of Minnesota Highway 197 here Wednesday night.

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The highway will close at First Avenue starting at 9 p.m. as workers pour the concrete deck over the main bridge span.

The highway will remain closed until 5 a.m. Thursday, according to a news release from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.

The bridge includes a 12-foot walkway with a concrete deck, handrails, and decorative abutments and piers with architectural details to match the bridge over the Mississippi River.

In addition, a 54-square-foot trail logo/sign of Paul Bunyan will be placed at the bridge midpoint on both sides.

Read more Wednesday in the Pioneer.

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