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

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

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.