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Red Bridge relocation input sought

By Anna Erickson

City officials are looking for feedback on the placement of the historic Red Bridge as construction on a new bridge is expected to start this fall.

The public is invited to the Red Bridge Inn at 5 p.m. Tuesday, July 16 to hear an update on the project from Department of Natural Resources and the city.

After the update, the group will walk through Red Bridge Park and discuss a few possible locations for the bridge to be relocated.

“We want to maintain the aesthetic and historic value of the bridge so people can still use it for photos,” said City planner Dan Walker.

He is seeking input from the public on relocation.

The Red Bridge that crosses the Fish Hook River will be replaced with a 180 foot steel structure. Construction will most likely start this fall, Walker said.

The bridge replacement coincides with improvements planned for Red Bridge Park, including a trailhead facility, parking lot and kiosk. The city has received $137,000 in grant funding for the improvements.

The city’s project for the park will also begin later this year and will be completed next spring after the bridge project is completed.

The Red Bridge replacement project will reroute the current trail, which goes across the trestle bridge to Highway 34. The trestle bridge is in poor condition and is posted now for a maximum of 1,500 pounds. The DNR will remove the trestle bridge as part of the project. It will not be replaced.

The project will align with the Heartland Trail master plan, which shows the trail heading west through Red Bridge Park and along Beach Road with the final destination being Moorhead. The Heartland Trail Association and Chamber of Commerce have been a part of the planning as well.

To find out more information about the project attend the Tuesday, July 16 meeting at Red Bridge Inn or contact Dan Walker at 732-3163.

Anna Erickson
Anna Erickson is editor of the Wadena Pioneer Journal.
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