New bridge takes shapeThe gaping hole that was once a railroad bridge over Scenic Highway 61 south of Knife River now has a new span across it.
The gaping hole that was once a railroad bridge over Scenic Highway 61 south of Knife River now has a new span across it.
Work on the North Shore Scenic Railroad bridge is expected to go two more weeks, to May 15, with the inaugural run of the 2010 tourist train to Two Harbors from the depot in Duluth soon after. Workers were on the site late Tuesday putting on metal decking.
Replacing the rails across the jet black bridge and cosmetic fixes will be next.
Lake County Highway Engineer Al Goodman said the road work under the bridge remains on schedule.
Work will begin after Grandma’s Marathon in June and should be done by the North Shore Inline Marathon in August. There are some right-of-way and sewer issues to settle with property owners along the short stretch of highway set for widening and repaving.
Goodman said some patching will be done to make the road passable for drivers and runners until work begins in early July.
When finished, with the notorious curve through the once-narrow bridge taken out, the marathon course will be shortened by 80 feet, Goodman said. “They’ll have to deal with that next year.”