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For 19 months the DeSoto Bridge has been closed. It has caused hundreds of major and minor collisions as people have navigated around the area. There have been large congestion points where people have sat for long periods of time. Initially, there was a lot of confusion with the signage and what roads were the best to use.

Thankfully, those issues will be coming to an end next month. The direct route down Division to each side of the river, should save a lot of people the grief of a collision and the resulting problems. It will be much nicer to have another route to get across St Cloud.

According to the St Cloud Times the Bridge opening events will include:

Minnesota Department of Transportation officials are expected to announce the opening date for the new Granite City Crossing bridge during a dedication at 8 a.m. Oct. 26, according to Mayor Dave Kleis.

Kleis said it’s unlikely the bridge will start carrying traffic immediately after its dedication, but it shouldn’t be long. The target opening date remains Nov. 1, give or take a few days, he said.

Beyond just replacing the bridge there will be a new overpass with ramps at Lake George; updated traffic signals and pedestrian crossings; new paving, water, sewer, sidewalks, street lighting and curbs; and reconstruction of the city’s Cloverleaf parking lot, according to MnDOT.

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