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DOT: Second interstate bridge recommended in Winona

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Bemidji Minnesota P.O. Box 455 56619

WINONA, Minn. (AP) — State transportation officials are recommending a new two-lane interstate bridge be built over the Mississippi River, next to the existing span in Winona which has been listed as structurally deficient.

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MnDOT says once the new bridge is finished, the existing one will be refurbished. The announcement Thursday afternoon ended years of discussion on what to do with the 70-year-old bridge. MnDOT considered a number of alternatives, including just fixing the old bridge.

U.S. Rep. Tim Walz, U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar, Gov. Mark Dayton and others pushed for a second span over the Mississippi.

The Winona Daily News says construction is expected to begin in 2015.

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.

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