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Published September 26, 2012, 02:27 PM

Grand Forks Committee OKs Shadyridge Bridge

Grand Forks Township is one step closer to building a single-lane bridge on Shadyridge Court, an area south of the city that is often cutoff during spring floods.

By: Brandi Jewett, Grand Forks Herald

Grand Forks Township is one step closer to building a single-lane bridge on Shadyridge Court, an area south of the city that is often cutoff during spring floods.

The township’s request to proceed with construction of the bridge was approved by the Grand Forks City Council’s Safety/Service Committee and will be presented to the full council for final approval Monday.

A joint powers agreement between the city and the township also will be reviewed by the council. The agreement is necessary as part of the proposed bridge would fall in city limits and the Shadyridge area is set for annexation in 2014, according to city staff reports.

Until then, the city will pay for 37 percent of the maintenance costs.

The one-lane bridge would serve one-way traffic except during floods when two-way traffic would be allowed.

The proposed budget is $1.6 million, paid by the township. The city will pay $18,000 for the design of the bridge but maybe reimbursed if there’s money left over in the budget.

Upon receiving approval from the council, the township will begin soliciting bids for construction.

The proposed bridge would provide residents living along Shadyridge Court with a way in and out of their neighborhood when the Red River reaches about 44 feet or more. In the past, when the river has reached this level, the neighborhood was accessible only by boats and helicopters.

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