The tallest bridge in Minnesota

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Driving over the tallest bridge in Minnesota may take you by surprise (hint: it is in Virginia). My name is Rachel Wagner, I am a graduate student in Civil Engineering, and I had the privilege to interview Andy Johnson, MnDOT Project Manager, about the Highway 53 High Bridge in Virginia.

In this interview we discuss some of the design considerations and what it takes to build a bridge of this scale. Keep an eye out for cool views of the bridge; the bridge girders can be up to 14 feet deep!

The University of Minnesota – Duluth Iron Range Graduate Engineering Program is designed to provide opportunities for professionals key to regional economic development, growth and competitiveness of the Iron Range ferrous and non-ferrous mining, energy, wood products, and supporting industries.

With Masters of Engineering in Chemical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Industrial Engineering, Mechanical Engineering and Mining and Minerals Processing, the offerings are aimed at practicing engineers looking to advance within their fields, upgrade their skills and to maintain licensure.  Flexible classes are held from Ely and Virginia to Hibbing and Itasca.

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