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Stone Arch Bridge could close unless it gets money for repairs

City and state officials are seeking $13 million.
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One of the most iconic landmarks in the Twin Cities, the Stone Arch Bridge, may be forced to close unless money is found for its repair.

Members of the Minneapolis Park Board and the Department of Transportation have been making a last-minute plea to state legislators to include $13 million in its public bonding bill to fund repairs for the bridge.

Park Board Commissioner Chris Meyer has said that if the money isn't found for "badly needed" repairs, "it may need to be closed for safety reasons."

He says there isn't enough MnDOT funding left for repairs that include new mortar and some new stone in its foundation.

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Governor Mark Dayton included money for the 135-year-old bridge's repair in his proposed $1.5 billion bonding bill.

However, it wasn't included in the pared-down versions by the Republican-led House and Senate.

At this stage, no final bill has been agreed as the GOP version failed to get the 41-vote supermajority it needs in the Senate to pass.

According to KSTP, MnDOT needs at least $1 million just to keep the bridge open, with the rest of the funding required to start the repair project in 2020, to ensure its long-term safety.

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