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11/15/2018 01:00 PM

Dignitaries cut the ribbon, opening the Broadway Bridge project at the heart of Minot

Minot, N.D. – State and local officials cut the official ribbon today, as all four lanes of the new US 83/Broadway Bridge are open to full north and south traffic this week. The North Dakota Department of Transportation (NDDOT) Director Tom Sorel and Minot Mayor Shaun Sipma joined representatives from the North Dakota Congressional Delegation, contractor representatives, local NDDOT employees, City of Minot staff, and area leaders in celebrating the opening of the new bridge in the heart of Minot.

“The US 83 Broadway Bridge is a key piece of infrastructure for Minot and the surrounding region. With a wider pedestrian walkway, new street lights that fit into the downtown revitalization, and a smooth ride this project will serve us well into the future,” said Sorel. “This project is a great example of federal, state and local collaboration to complete a project on budget that fulfills the DOT’s mission of safely moving people and goods.”

The funding for the $21 million US 83/Broadway Bridge replacement project came from three sources, the Federal Highway Administration, the North Dakota Department of Transportation and the City of Minot.

“These once-in-a-lifetime projects are important to get right – and the North Dakota Department of Transportation, City of Minot and hired contractors did just that,” said Sipma. “It’s great to have all four lanes of traffic open, including a fully functioning intersection at Broadway and Central Avenue. This is a truly something to be proud of - and a big ‘Thank you’ goes out to the driving public and the businesses in the area for their patience throughout these past two construction seasons. As well, a thank you to BNSF and CP Rail as they coordinated efforts with the contractor when they were working over or near their rail lines.”

The substantial completion of the bridge project comes after nearly two years of work. Bartlett & West was the construction administration engineer and Lunda Construction of Black River Falls, Wis., was the general contractor on the project, along with other local and regional sub-contractors. In total, Lunda estimates 55,900 labor hours were put into the construction side of the project.

101 total girders were trucked in during the summers of 2017 and 2018 – with a combined measurement of almost 1.75 miles worth of steel girders. These girders formed the bottom layer of the roadway for the bridge. During the two-year project contractors estimate they poured 7,004 cubic yards of concrete – or the equivalent of approximately 780 concrete truck loads. Just over 1 million pounds of reinforcing steel was placed on the job.

The finished bridge is nearly 1,000 feet long. Due to newer engineering and design capabilities the bridge has fewer piers than the old bridge, built in the 1960s. In total, six piers were needed to hold up this bridge, versus 14 on the old bridge. This helps the bridge to have less of a footprint impact on the two major rail lines and the Mouse River, all which occupy ground underneath the bridge.

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