Red Jacket Trestle Bridge Replaced 04 Nov 11

The historic Red Jacket Trail Trestle Bridge was put back into place Thursday after being damaged by flooding last Fall. Workers spent over 3 hours moving the 80-ton bridge span back into place. The bridge on the popular bike trail in Blue Earth County had to be removed as a safety precaution and to repair the pier damaged in the flooding. The new pier has concrete footings, a poured cement base and a pointed armor shield to break up ice. The federal government paid three-fourths of the $857,000 cost to repair the bridge, with the state paying the rest. Finishing work on the bridge will happen during the next few weeks. The pier will be stained next spring to match the existing piers. The trestle will reportedly be ready for people to cross in another week or so.