COTTAGE GROVE -- The Innovation Road/County Highway 19 overpass reopened April 12 following an inspection by engineers from the Minnesota Department of Transportation.

April 9, the bridge deck was struck by a conveyor belt machine that was being towed by a commercial vehicle traveling beneath it on Highway 61. The bridge sustained one humdinger of a ding, as illustrated by this photo.

The bridge was closed while engineers evaluated the superstructure, MNDot spokesperson Denise Workcuff said.