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Concrete poured to complete bridge link

Associated Press

MINNEAPOLIS — Construction workers have poured the final batch of concrete to fill the remaining gap in the new Interstate 35W bridge.

It was nearly a year ago, on Aug. 1, that the old I-35W bridge collapsed into the Mississippi River in downtown Minneapolis, killing 13 people and injuring 145.

State crews and private contractors have worked a demanding fast-track schedule to replace it.

While Thursday’s pour — in the exact center of the bridge — was the last stretch of concrete to be laid above water, other work remains to be done. Officials estimate the bridge will open for traffic in late September or early October.

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