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Published June 11, 2013, 05:21 PM

A Moorhead native is working to make sidewalks more accessible

Moorhead, MN (WDAY TV)-- The engineer from St. Paul in charge of overseeing the projects, is no stranger to Fargo-Moorhead.

By: Kevin Wallevand, WDAY

Moorhead, MN (WDAY TV)-- The engineer from St. Paul in charge of overseeing the projects, is no stranger to Fargo-Moorhead.

Born and raised in north Moorhead, Todd Grugel went to Shanley and NDSU.

It would have been easy for Todd Grugel to leave the world of transportation engineering after an "work site" accident in 1998.

But he not only persevered, and he now insures all people are getting access to Minnesota bi-ways and walkways.

Still based out of St. Paul, MN-DOTS Todd Grugel is on his home turf this week. After working on some of Minnesota's largest bridge and transportation projects, Todd is now in charge of MNDOT's intentional plan to include upgrades to sidewalks.

Todd Grugel- MN-DOT St. Paul: "About 30-40." and signals "About 15 signals."

as part of the American with Disabilities Act.

Todd: "It is rewarding."

It was back in 1998 that Todd was paralyzed following an accident at a bridge construction site. A bridge piling struck him in the back. He worked tireless to rehab and get back to work. This from a story in 1999.

Todd: "You are put in a situation, you deal with it and go on and do the best you can."

He has stuck with MNDOT all these years, and as a civil engineer, oversees projects and crews across the state of Minnesota, doing work that is life-changing for many.

Todd: "Aren't nearly as mobile, limited arm strength, visually impaired and so all these users you can see what impact you can have on them and open up their lives. So that is cool, sometimes in MNDOT you feel like a cog, I don't feel like that now."

And MN DOT is getting a wide variety of reactions from Minn communities improving accessability town that did not think the needed the improvements did not realize the need.

Todd: "Build it and they will come."

The work started on the Moorhead sidewalks and signals at the end of May. It will continue on through September.

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