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Soldiers train on Cass Street Bridge

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LA CROSSE, Wis. (WXOW) - Drivers using the Cass Street Bridge on Saturday afternoon may be surprised to see soldiers from the U.S. Army Reserves working on and around the structure.

It's a training exercise.

Twenty members of the 459th Engineer Company based in Bridgeport, West Virginia, are using the bridge for part of their annual training. Some of what they're doing involves taking measurements underneath the bridge and along the sidewalks. Other members of the company will provide simulated security and support roles during their time on the bridge.

Saturday's activities are part of the unit's annual training.  This year, they're based out of Fort McCoy. Sergeant

1st Class Samuel Hall says, "On Fort McCoy and most military bases there are tiny bridges. The training we can do on these is substantially different than a little foot bridge."

They took measurements under the bridge and did a general assessment to calculate how much weight it can hold.

Overseas it could take a week to do a full assessment of a bridge, but Saturday's training only lasted a couple of hours.

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