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I-35W work may stall Wakota Bridge

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Seriously, our state is starting to show it's own signs of incompetence.

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The long-troubled east metro project might lose another construction season, officials say.

Last update: September 24, 2007 - 11:01 PM

Plagued by a history of delays, design flaws and cost overruns, the Wakota Bridge has now been placed on a possible hit list of projects that may be temporarily shelved to free up funds for reconstruction of the collapsed Interstate 35W bridge.

The opening of the east-bound Wakota Bridge, which spans the Mississippi River between South St. Paul and Newport, already had been delayed until 2009 while the project was being rebid.

Washington County Commissioner Myra Peterson, who represents the district around the bridge, said the result of further delay might be the loss "of a whole construction season."

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