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Jay Cooke to have two entrances - temporarily

The massive rebuilding of the areas of Jay Cooke State Park affected by the June flooding continues as the Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) and the state of Minnesota determine just what needs to be done and how best to do it.

The massive rebuilding of the areas of Jay Cooke State Park affected by the June flooding continues as the Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) and the state of Minnesota determine just what needs to be done and how best to do it.

According to Walter Leu of MnDOT's Duluth office, the department is currently working on opening up access to the main park headquarters from the Highway 210 end as well as establishing a separate temporary access to the park's Oldenburg Point area from Palkie Road/County Road 151 on the Esko end.

"There's an awful lot of damage between the two Minnesota Power stations," said Leu, explaining the bridge between the park headquarters and Oldenburg needs to be rebuilt.

"We looked at the possibility of erecting a temporary structure," stated Leu, "but when all was said and done it would have taken almost as long to do that as to build a new one."

Leu said MnDOT is currently designing a permanent bridge structure but said it likely won't be completed and open until 2014. In the meantime, travellers to the park will have to use one of the two entrances during 2013, depending on which end of the park they wish to access.

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As for the balance of the reconstruction, Leu said, "A lot of questions still remain."

He explained that MnDOT needs to work on the reconstruction plans alongside the Federal Highway Administration, since they will be funding part of the project.

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