STAFF BLOG DIGGING DEEPER Officials closer to determining Kennedy Bridge improvements
City officials in Grand Forks and East Grand Forks are getting closer to a final recommendation for improving the Kennedy Bridge.
An improvement project for the bridge is scheduled for 2016, but wh... Posted on 8/15/13 at 1:28 PM
Slow water-level drop delays necessary inspections City officials in Grand Forks and East Grand Forks would like to see the Sorlie Bridge reopen as soon as possible, but the structure may remain closed through the weekend because of slowly receding water levels.
Final decision will come after inspections later this week After Tuesday’s City Council meeting, Greg Boppre said it’s “very likely if we get the state approval.” Before any final decision can be made, the Minnesota Department of Transportation will need to fully inspect the bridge and confirm it hasn’t suffered major damage during this spring’s flooding.
Chicago-based firm tests new sonar technology on Kennedy, Sorlie bridges Authorities are keeping a close watch on the integrity of the Kennedy Bridge — the Grand Cities’ only remaining link over the flooded Red River. “We’re not doing this because we think we have a safety concern. We’re doing it because it’s a critical link,” bridge engineer Roger Hille said.
The Louis Murray Bridge that connects north and south East Grand Forks will close at 10 a.m. Friday, officials said today. The bridge closes at 48.5 feet, and officials estimate that will not occur before Friday.
The Kennedy Bridge on U.S. Highway 2 is the only bridge connecting Grand Forks and East Grand Forks that’s still open. The two cities closed the Sorlie Bridge on DeMers Avenue on Wednesday morning and closed the Point Bridge on Tuesday. The Kennedy also will close if the river level reaches 52.5 feet and appears to continue to rise, according to East Grand Forks City Administrator Scott Huizenga.
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