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Wakota finally within reach

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Better late than never.

Three years behind schedule and millions over budget, the final span of the reconstructed Interstate 494 Wakota Bridge that crosses the Mississippi River from Newport to South St. Paul stands six months from the finish line.

July 29 will mark the bridge's official opening.

For officials in tiny Newport, the city that has borne the brunt of an almost decade-long highway and bridge construction project, that date can't come soon enough.

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