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St. Charles, MN (KROC-AM News) - Viewing the fall colors at Whitewater State Park became much more convenient on Friday with the completion of a $4.7 million road project.

The Minnesota Department of Transportation says crews wrapped up work on rehabilitating four historic bridges along Highway 74 that had kept the roadway in an area north of St. Charles closed since the beginning of February. The removal of the detour also reopened the south entrance to the popular state park just in time for the soon to arrive peak in the fall colors.

photo courtesy Minnesota Dept. Transportation

The now rehabilitated bridges were constructed in 1936 by the Depression-era Works Progress Administration and Civilian Conservation Corps. Willmar-based Environmental Associates Inc., a contractor that specializes in historic preservation, was hired by the Department of Transportation to perform the painstaking work.

photo courtesy Minnesota Dept. Transportation

According to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, the peak fall color season in southeastern Minnesota typically arrives in early to mid-October.

photo courtesy Minnesota Dept. Transportation

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