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Published April 08, 2011, 01:10 PM

Sorlie Bridge Closes

The city of Grand Forks, along with East Grand Forks, closed the Sorlie Bridge on Demers Avenue on Saturday, as the Red River continues to rise.

By: WDAZ Staff Report, WDAZ

The city of Grand Forks, along with East Grand Forks, closed the Sorlie Bridge on Demers Avenue on Saturday, as the Red River continues to rise.

The bridge was closed to traffic at noon.

The National Weather Service projects the Red River in Grand Forks may reach a level of approximately 51 feet by the middle of next week, which would make the approach to the bridge impassable.

The last remaining bridge open between the cities is the Kennedy Bridge on Gateway Drive. That bridge is protected up to a level of 52.6 according to the National Weather Service.

The East Grand Forks Police Department says the Louis Murray Bridge, which connects the North End and Point areas of the city, will need to close early next week. After that happens, drivers will have to take the Mallory Bridge off of Highway 2 at County Road 58. The new Thompson Bridge could also be used.

In Grand Forks, there will be limited left-hand turns on Gateway Drive between Washington St. and the Kennedy Bridge. Those turns will only be allowed at controlled intersections at N. 5th St. and N. 3rd. St.

Also due to the bridge closures, Cities Area Transit will be modifying the East Grand Forks bus and dial-a-ride routes. The East Grand Forks bus will cross the Kennedy Bridge starting the north route (Route 10) at that point. The south route (route 11) will be covered by another bus and will transfer at Cabela’s in order to make the connection to Grand Forks. If there are any questions concerning East Grand Forks bus routes call (701) 746-2600.

Campus Road near the EERC will be closed between Dyke Avenue and the old Ralph Engelstad Arena on Monday.

Everyone in Grand Forks and East Grand Forks should expect some traffic delays due to the closures.

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