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Victoria Bridge Removed

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A bridge that was damaged in the 2011 Mouse River Flood will soon be removed from its perch.

The walking bridge known as the Victoria Bridge - located right next to Home Sweet Home on 4th Avenue - was the focus of concern at the height of the flood because there was concern it would be dislodged and perhaps cause problems with water flow.

Two monstrous cranes today were put in to place to lift the structure from its moorings and lay it down in an open area to the south of its normal location.

One of the workers on the project says a 400 ton crane and a 200 ton crane will be working together to get the job done on Tuesday.

(Jim McIntosh, Park Construction) "The big crane's going to take the bulk of it, the 200 ton crane is going to lift and stretch out as far as he can stretch and hold it, and then the big crane is going to hook on and pick the bridge and set it in its resting place until everybody decides what they want to do with it."

The bridge weighs about 100-thousand pounds and is being set on railroad property so engineers can inspect it and see if it is still structurally sound.

If so, the idea is to place the bridge back in its spot so pedestrians can continue to use it as a crossing of the river from downtown to the northeast part of town.

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