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Spur for development

Three Wisconsin communities could be affected by the bridge.

The bridge enters the Wisconsin side at St. Joseph, with its rolling farmland dotted by elegant executive homes that hug the river bluff.

"Obviously, there is going to be some change, but it's probably not as drastic as some people would think," said Thomas Spaniol, St. Joseph town chairman.

"Our new housing construction went up 60% this year ... from 12 to 19," Spaniol said. "But if we look before the 2007 housing crash, we were building 40 to 50 houses a year. We aren't going to see that kind of boom again. And many of the residents like it the way it is, and that's rural landscapes and large, three-acre minimum lot sizes for residential."

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