Traill County route to reopenTraill County will work to reopen Bridge 228 and County Road 20, a major farm-to-market road and bridge severely damaged by spring flooding, in time for harvest.
By: Kevin Bonham, Grand Forks Herald
Traill County will work to reopen Bridge 228 and County Road 20, a major farm-to-market road and bridge severely damaged by spring flooding, in time for harvest.
The Traill County Commission on Tuesday authorized Interim Road Superintendent Cory Martin to proceed with the job despite the fact that a damage estimate has not yet been determined, according to County Auditor Rebecca Braaten.
The county is hoping the project and other flood-damaged infrastructure will qualify for federal assistance under a presidential disaster declaration issued earlier this summer. That would provide 75 percent federal funding for repairs, with the state contributing 13 percent and the local government 12 percent.
The bridge is located over the Goose River in Norway Township, about halfway between Hillsboro, N.D., and Mayville, N.D. The road closing, on a local school bus and U.S. Postal Service route, has forced detours of at least 10 miles.
The County 10 Bridge is one of several in Traill County that received severe damage this year.
Much of the road and bridge damage throughout the county is attributed to years of wear and tear from several spring and summer floods, according to officials.
The damage this year to Bridge 228 was triggered by large logs and other debris that lodged against the structure, forcing the rushing water to find new routes in the soil around the bridge.
The flooding cut a 25-foot-deep gouge out of the road just to the west of the bridge. Repairs likely will consist of rebuilding the bank, repairing the bridge and rebuilding about a 30-foot-long section of the road.
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