June 18, 2014

Council hears bridge options

By Chris Erickson

Bridge plans were heard for the first time this week by Beulah’s City Council when representatives from the North Dakota Department of Transportation came to town.
Sara Cahlin, of the transportation department, provided details to the council on different options for the pedestrian bridge, as well as offering specifics on how the new bridge would be structured. Bridge work was scheduled to coincide with work on the highway next year and would include widening of the Knife River channel.
The first option included a multi-use trail on the new bridge, which would have two 12-foot driving lanes and two 8-foot shoulders. A barrier would separate the roadway and the 10-foot trail. A second option would move the pedestrian structure off the DOT’s right-of-way. The third option would keep and lengthen the pedestrian bridge.
“This would leave the maintenance of the structure with the city of Beulah,” Cahlin said. “Because of the widened bridge it will have new piers that could get hit by ice and debris in the river.”
Mayor Darrell Bjerke commented that the only objection to the first option would revolve around safety. He noted that adding higher railings would go far in alleviating those safety concerns.


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