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Report: 1 in every 17 bridges 'structurally deficient' in metro area

Twin Cities' bridges are in better shape than the national average, according to a report coming out Wednesday. Still, 154 of the bridges in the region need significant repairs.
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Twin Cities' bridges are in better shape than the national average, according to a report coming out Wednesday. Still, 154 of the bridges in the region need significant repairs.

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