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04/16/2020 03:00 PM

Sorlie Bridge in Grand Forks opening today at 3 p.m.

The North Dakota Department of Transportation (NDDOT) is opening the Sorlie Bridge on Business US 2 (Demers Ave) in Grand Forks today at 3 p.m. There will be a temporary 90,000 pound load restriction in effect until water levels recede.

NDDOT warns motorists that driving through water is dangerous and you should not drive around barricades or into flooded areas. Vehicles that leave the roadway may become immersed in high water.

Motorists should drive with caution as flooding continues to affect the area highways and should check road conditions before traveling due to rapidly changing conditions. For road information, call 511 or go to the Travel Information Map on our website: https://www.dot.nd.gov/travel-info-v2/

The following roadways are closed due to flooding:​

  • I-29 southbound access to the Alexander Henry rest area, seven miles south of Dayton.
  • ND 5, from I-29 to the Red River near Joilette (Exit 203).
  • I-29 Exit 164 (southbound on-ramp), 20 miles north of Grand Forks.
  • I-29 Exit 164 (northbound off-ramp), 20 miles north of Grand Forks.
  • ND 54, from I-29 to the Red River near Oslo, MN.
  • Sorlie Bridge in Grand Forks.

 The following state highways remain open but are affected by flood waters: ​

  • I-29, sixteen miles north of Grand Forks, water on the roadway. Traffic reduced to one lane.
  • ND 36, two miles east of Robinson, water on the road. Motorists are advised to reduce speeds and use caution.​
  • ND 34, three miles east of ND 30, south of Gackle, water on the road. Motorists are advised to reduce speeds and use caution.​
  • US 83, nine miles south of Strasburg, water encroaching on road. Traffic control in place with reduced speeds.​
  • ND 14, twelve miles north of Wing, water encroaching on road. Traffic control in place with reduced speeds.​
  • ND 46, five miles west of Gackle, water on roadway, traffic will stop and take turns, reduce speeds and use caution when traveling through water.
  • ND 46, approximately 1.5 miles west of Gackle, water on roadway, traffic is allowed. Motorists are advised to reduce speeds and use caution.​

The water has receded on the following roadways and traffic is allowed:

  • I-29 northbound and southbound from the Manvel exit 152 to the Grafton exit 176.
  • Point Bridge in Grand Forks.

MnDOT has closed the following roadways in Minnesota which may impact North Dakota drivers.​

  • MN 317, which is across the river from ND 17 east of Grafton, local traffic only is allowed on ND17 between I-29 and the river.​
  • MN 220, which is the north/south roadway adjacent to the Red River which goes from Oslo, MN (ND 54) to Robin (ND 66 at Drayton)​

The NDDOT encourages motorists to check road conditions before traveling due to rapidly changing conditions. Fluctuating water levels make it difficult to predict when and where water will go over the roadway or recede from the roadway. For road information, call 511 from any type of phone or go to the Travel Map on NDDOT’s Road App or website: www.dot.nd.gov. The road report is based upon the information available to NDDOT at the time of preparation and is provided solely as a public service. Conditions may vary from those reported. ​

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