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Load study to determine fate of Big Bend bridge

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BIG BEND -- Ripples from the collapse of the Interstate 35W bridge last summer reached all the way to the hamlet of Big Bend in the northwestern corner of Chippewa County.

Since January, a small, steel truss bridge there has been closed following an inspection of it triggered by the I-35W bridge collapse. On a very busy day, maybe 20 cars and pickup trucks would cross the Big Bend Township bridge.

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