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State Bridge Engineer Dan Dorgan, right, updates Minnesota House members on bridge inspection and review improvements the agency has implemented in recent months. With Dorgan is Duane Hill, a Duluth-based assistant engineer who helped with a beefed-up bridge inspection process. staff photo by Scott Wente

MnDOT: Bridge program improved

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ST. PAUL - Transportation officials said they completed extensive statewide bridge inspections, planned to hire more engineers and improved the way bridge reviews are handled.

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The Minnesota Department of Transportation is moving beyond the stepped-up bridge inspections Gov. Tim Pawlenty called for and the agency completed following the August 2007 Minneapolis bridge collapse, bridge experts told lawmakers Wednesday during a bridge program update.

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