The most traveled method across the Mouse River in Minot is getting a facelift. The North Dakota Department of Transportation (NDDOT), in cooperation with the Federal Highway Administration and the city of Minot, is replacing the existing U.S. 83 Broadway Bridges in the heart of Minot.
The Project will take two years to complete, working on one side each year allowing the bridge to remain open. The four lanes will be reduced down to two.
This project is important to residents in Minot and travelers in north central North Dakota, as the five-lane urban roadway carries approximately 30,000 vehicles per day. The two-lane southbound bridge was built in 1962, the northbound bridge was added in 1971. These bridges remain safe for drivers, but are nearing the end of their estimated life expectancy and the NDDOT plans to proactively replace the bridges.
Construction begins on March 20 on the northbound lanes of broadway. Currently the plan is to finish work on this half of the bridge by mid-November. The southbound lane construction will begin late winter, early spring of 2018.
Although the bridge is currently safe to use, some early signs of deterioration were noticed during a recent inspection of the underbody of the bridge and this caused the NDDOT to upgrade the project from a previously planned deck replacement to a bridge replacement. As NDDOT looked at the cost to continue maintenance on the existing bridge, it was economically apparent to build a new bridge.