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The iconic Red Bridge was moved by crane Monday morning to start a DNR project that will include a new 180-foot steel bridge.

Red Bridge comes down

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The Red Bridge was lifted by crane and put down in Red Bridge Park Monday morning in Park Rapids.

The Department of Natural Resources is beginning the process of replacing the Red Bridge with a 180-foot steel structure. The bridge will be approximately three times as long as the Red Bridge and extend further onto land east of the river.


The height between the bridge and Fish Hook River will stay at 7 ½ feet. The extra length is to make the bridge handicapped accessible.

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Anna Erickson
Anna Erickson is editor of the Wadena Pioneer Journal.
(218) 631-2561