MnDOT has closed the DeSoto Bridge in St. Cloud:
From Strib Replace St. Cloud bridge? Or repair it?, complete with the quote from the local State Senator:
"State Sen. Tarryl Clark, DFL-St. Cloud, hopes that a replacement bridge can proceed with some of the speed that's been the hallmark of the 35W bridge reconstruction. State funding is available, federal help might be possible and a design-build process could be used to speed things up, she said.
The Hwy. 23 bridge is a major link not only for St. Cloud but also for the state, she said. Much of the bridge's traffic comes from outside the local area, she said, and if it takes several years to get a new crossing, "I don't know how the community is going to make it.""
(Perhaps St. Cloud will cease to exist?)
and from the local paper, a more interesting discussion: The St. Cloud Times:
Plans in Work
Note the discussion of earmarks for a related bridge. And the problems when trying to use that earmark money (two of three bridges would be closed at once). Why the federal government would even consider allocating funds to a state highway remains puzzling (from a normative, not a positive, point of view).