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Innovation Road bridge deck reopens

The Innovation Road bridge deck that runs over Highway 61 sustained some damage when it was struck from underneath on April 9, but it has since been reopened. Photo courtesy of Cottage Grove Public Safety

COTTAGE GROVE -- The Innovation Road/County Highway 19 overpass reopened April 12 following an inspection by engineers from the Minnesota Department of Transportation.

April 9, the bridge deck was struck by a conveyor belt machine that was being towed by a commercial vehicle traveling beneath it on Highway 61. The bridge sustained one humdinger of a ding, as illustrated by this photo.

The bridge was closed while engineers evaluated the superstructure, MNDot spokesperson Denise Workcuff said.

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William Loeffler is a playwright and journalist from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He worked 15 years writing features for the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. He has also written travel stories based on his trips to all seven continents. He and his wife, Michelle, ran the Boston Marathon in 2009. 

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