Bridges in need of replacement in southern Minnesota county

BAD BRIDGES-VO

A new look at the condition of bridges in Minnesota is showing that a county in our area has some of the worst bridges in the state.

The Minnesota Compass Group tracks data from MNDOT and found that Mower County bridges need some work.

About 61 bridges in the county are considered either “structurally deficient” or “functionally obsolete” meaning they’re in need of replacement this is one of those bridges.

The county engineer says say’s they’re working to fix the problems and have plans to replace 9 of the deficient bridges.

“We’re trying were doing better but we’re facing old bridges. So we need to continue to do our best I guess with the funding that’s available,” says Mike Hanson, county engineer.

Funding is the major issue according to Hanson. He says the cost of replacing the eight township bridges and one county highway bridge will cost about $17 million.

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