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Published April 04, 2011, 10:37 PM

Point, Sorlie Bridges Likely to Close This Week

The Red River is getting high enough to mean that drivers might lose a primary link between Grand Forks and East Grand Forks. If you use the downtown area to go between Grand Forks and East Grand Forks, now might be the time to start looking at an alternative route.

The Red River is getting high enough to mean that drivers might lose a primary link between Grand Forks and East Grand Forks.

If you use the downtown area to go between Grand Forks and East Grand Forks, now might be the time to start looking at an alternative route.

"According to the numbers the National Weather Service is giving us, that would probably happen this weekend," city engineer Al Grasser said.

The city's flood fight sequence calls for this type of shut down when the Red River reaches a certain level. The pedestrian bridges have already closed. Next up, the Point and Sorlie Bridges.

"It's about 45 to 46 feet we start shutting those down. This weekend we will be in those ranges," Grasser said.

At Monday night's city council meeting, Grasser updated council members on what is to come. He says this is the part of flood season where the city starts to take action with flood stations and pumps. This next week will play a big factor in closing the Sorlie Bridge. Grasser says the NWS is confident in their prediction.

"We'll see what is happening with river elevations and coordinate that with East Grand Forks before we make a decision to an exact time we make a closure," Grasser said.

Grasser says it would likely be on Friday. Obviously how long it is closed will depend on the river level going up or down.

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