DULUTH (AP) — A scenic highway in northeast Minnesota that runs along a steep ridge above the St. Louis River has finally reopened, five years after mudslides washed it out during heavy rains.

Highway 210 is the only highway that runs through Jay Cooke State Park southwest of Duluth. It was heavily damaged after more than 10 inches of rain fell in the region during the summer of 2012.


Mudslides washed out more than 70 spots along the roadway. In one area, a torrent of water cleaved the highway into two and created a chasm nearly 600 feet (183 meters) across.

The road didn't see a lot of traffic, but the public overwhelmingly supported fixing the damage despite a $21 million price tag for a roughly 3-mile stretch.