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May 28, 2009

County 11 bridge causes concern

The old iron bridge spanning the Knife River a few miles south of Zap was built in 1908, according to the heavy, rusted iron nameplate that Ralph Johnson saved.

The outdated bridge was torn down, and a new concrete structure was put in its place in 1971. Johnson has concerns about the current bridge, and spring flooding didn’t help matters.

Johnson lives only a few hundred yards from the bridge that spans the Knife River on County Road 11 southwest of Zap. While the bridge still spans the river, back-to-back spring floods on the Knife washed deep ravines in the approaches to the bridge leaving the road closed to through traffic.

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