That state just has trouble with bridges!
Shocking new bridge to reopen
By Rodrigo Zamith , Star Tribune www.startribune.com
Shocked by the new bridge on the Medicine Lake Regional Trail?
Some bikers were, causing the Minnesota Department of Transportation to shut down a bridge leading into Elm Creek Park Reserve over County Road 81 in Maple Grove. The bridge — which opened last Fall — was closed on June 16.
According to MnDOT spokesman Kent Barnard, nobody on the biker and pedestrian bridge was in danger at any point. He said the shocks were minor and only caused some discomfort. The bridge is expected to re-open next week with additional grounding support to prevent shocks.
Three Rivers Park District spokesman Tom Knisely said his office received three complaints about people getting shocked. The first complaint came in early April, another came in mid-May and by the third complaint in early June, the park system sent a specialist to have a look.
After complaints were confirmed on June 13, the park notified MnDOT and re-routed traffic to a nearby crossing. MnDOT officially closed the bridge three days later.
Barnard said work was done via a partnership between MnDOT, Three Rivers Park District and Xcel Energy. He also said that the bridge and nearby power lines were all built within specifications.
Detour signs are now in place advising trail users to cross at the controlled intersection at Fernbrook Lane.