EGF - South Bridge Project
Doug Barrett | Jun 12, 2019 AT 8:20 am
The push for a south end bridge is still a priority for officials in East Grand Forks. A report presented to the city council last night suggests getting a potential project “shovel ready” could prove costly
City Engineer Steve Emery says it’s a rough estimate that includes such things as hydrographic surveys…geotechnical exploration….scour analysis…environmental reviews…permit applications…platting…and right of way easements.
Emery says potential funding sources to help defray those costs would include: state bonding and grant programs as well as a buy-in from Grand Forks and the state of North Dakota.
The cost to complete those steps could exceed $1,42 million dollars.
Council member Dale Helms says it doesn’t make any sense to spend a dime until there’s a location agreement with Grand Forks. Helms says a planned bridge of 32nd may be on the long-range transportation plan but if Grand Forks doesn't support the site it means nothing.
Preliminary estimates on the cost of a low bridge at 32nd Avenue is estimated at over 25 million dollars.