Swinging bridge in Jay Cooke State Park to reopen Friday

By KBJR News 1

Credit: Minnesota DNR

Swinging bridge in Jay Cooke State Park to reopen Friday

October 30, 2013 Updated Oct 30, 2013 at 1:44 PM CDT

Carlton, MN (NNCNOW.com) --- After being swept away during the June 2012 floods, the swinging bridge in Jay Cooke State Park will finally reopen.

On Friday, park managers will reopen the reconstructed bridge and allow visitors to cross the bridge for the first time since it was destroyed during the devastating floods.

Improvements to the bridge include cedar log handrails on the access ramps, recreated stonework on the support pillars and improved access to the bridge for wheelchairs.

When the floods hit the Northland, 40 people camping in Jay Cooke State Park had to be evacuated. The 200 foot swinging suspension bridge was reduced to a tangle of broken metal, wood and stone pillars.

Jay Cooke reopened to the public back in October of 2012.

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