$2.4 million bridge project coming to head in major way with 183 ft. concrete beams

By KBJR News 1

August 7, 2014 Updated Aug 7, 2014 at 10:00 PM CDT

Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com) - The second biggest public works project in St. Louis County history is nearing completion in a larger than life way.

6 massive concrete bridge beams, each weighing 226,000 pounds and measuring 183 feet, made their way from Elk River, to Minneapolis, and finally Duluth via I–35 this morning.

Crews say they'll be used for the new $2.4 million bridge that will span Keene Creek as it cuts under Highland Street.

Until the Northland's 2012 floods destroyed it, a large culvert acted as the bridge for that roadway.

"The existing culvert on Keene Creek here was severely damaged and undermined, so this bridge replaces the culvert that was there originally," said county engineer Steve Krasaway, "due to making the road wider to meet today's standards, it required a bid bridge to be put in place."

Krasaway says the 60–foot gap from the creek to the roadway makes the bridge a more economic choice.

The bridge is part of the county's $11million road repair project.

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