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Point Bridge to reopen Thursday while Sorlie Bridge remains closed until crews can inspect it

The Sorlie Bridge needs to be inspected by North Dakota and Minnesota's Department of Transportation

Sorlie Bridge
The Sorlie Bridge on Thursday, Sept. 25, 2014, in Grand Forks, N.D. (Logan Werlinger/Grand Forks Herald)
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EAST GRAND FORKS — The Point Bridge on Minnesota Avenue will reopen today, May 5, after closing April 24.

For now the Sorlie Bridge will remain closed until crews from the North Dakota and Minnesota departments of transportation are able to inspect the bridge.

East Grand Forks City Administrator David Murphy said the process of reopening the Point Bridge is simpler as only crews from East Grand Forks have to inspect the bridge.

Crews will also be removing the floodwall closures at 17th Street Northwest and 12th Avenue Northwest in East Grand Forks, but will leave barricades in place until the water completely recedes and areas have been cleaned up.

Floodwalls on DeMers Avenue will be removed this week.


The Red River level continues to decline after cresting earlier this week at 45.42 feet. The river is sitting at 43.73 feet as of Thursday morning.

Related Topics: FLOODING
Meghan Arbegast grew up in Security-Widefield, Colorado. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Journalism from North Dakota State University in Fargo, in 2021.

Arbegast wrote for The Spectrum, NDSU's student newspaper, for three years and was Head News Editor for two years. She was an intern with University Relations her last two semesters of college.

Arbegast covers news pertaining to the city of Grand Forks/East Grand Forks including city hall coverage.

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