TWO HISTORIC BRIDGES AVAILABLE FOR ADOPTION
GRAND FORKS COUNTY, ND
Grand Forks County, in cooperation with the North Dakota Department of Transportation and Federal Highway Administration, is proposing structure replacements along 32nd Street Northeast and 8th Avenue Northeast.
The 32nd Street Northeast structure (#18-118-05.0), also known as Midway Bridge, was constructed prior to 1950. It is a 33-foot-long by 18-foot-wide, single span, steel, Bedstead through truss bridge with a timber/wood deck. It is located approximately 3 miles north and 2 miles west of Gilby, North Dakota.
The 8th Avenue Northeast structure (#18-143-28.0), also known as the Ost Valle Bridge, was constructed in 1910. It is a 68-foot-long by 18-foot-wide, single span, steel, Pratt through truss bridge with a timber/wood deck. It is located approximately 6 miles east and 1 mile north of Thompson, North Dakota.
Both of the existing structures are eligible for listing on the National Register of Historic Properties. When a project involves the destruction or replacement of a historic bridge, the Bridge Adoption Program must be considered (23 USC 144). Because the bridges could be relocated while maintaining their historic integrity, they must be offered for adoption to any responsible state, local or private entity willing to take over, relocate, and preserve the bridges at a new location.
Any entity willing to "adopt" the old bridge would have to agree to maintain the bridge and assume all future legal and financial responsibility. The existing structures are currently in use and would need to be relocated prior to construction of the new structures, which is scheduled to occur in late 2021 or during the 2022 construction season.
Any interested parties should respond by June 16, 2021 to Matt Lange, Project Manager, at 701-271-4877 or GrandForksCoHistoricBridges@kljeng.com.
(June 2, 2021) 2891202