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Highway 210 through Jay Cooke State Park back open

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It's official: the road through scenic Jay Cooke State Park is back open, just in time for fall colors. 

A ribbon cutting ceremony Wednesday helped kick off the grand reopening of Highway 210, a project Minnesota Department of Transportation officials say has been years in the making.

Sections of the highway were all but destroyed in the 2012 floods, and there is still the threat of future washouts during heavy rainfall. 

But officials say they've done several things to fight erosion, while maintaining the park's beauty. 

"This road is really important for tourism in our region," says MnDOT District Engineer Duane Hill, "and provides a beautiful scenic route along the St. Louis River."

The major undertaking took two years of construction, and a $21 million price tag.

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