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Fargo receives $1.5 million grant to replace 12th Avenue bridge

The 12th Avenue North Bridge closes frequently due to high waters from the Red River during spring flooding, limiting crossing options for those who commute between Fargo and Moorhead

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Curious onlookers check out the flooded 12th Avenue bridge in north Fargo on Tuesday, April 23. David Samson / The Forum
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FARGO — The U.S. Department of Transportation has awarded $1.5 million to the city of Fargo to help replace the 12th Avenue North bridge.

Announced in a press release on Tuesday, Aug. 9, by Sens. John Hoeven and Kevin Cramer, along with Rep. Kelly Armstrong, all Republicans who represent North Dakota, the funding was made available through the Rebuilding American Infrastructure with Sustainability and Equity grant program.

The 12th Avenue North Bridge closes frequently due to high waters from the Red River during spring flooding, limiting crossing options for those who commute between Fargo and Moorhead

The bridge is also a traffic corridor for North Dakota, western Minnesota and northeast South Dakota, according to an April 5 letter written by Hoeven, Cramer and Armstrong and sent to Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg.

"The $1.5 million RAISE Award for Fargo's 12th Avenue North Bridge is a fantastic development for the entire Fargo-Moorhead metro area," Fargo Mayor Tim Mahoney said in a press release.

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"In addition to helping to ensure the bridge will be designed to work in concert with the under-construction FM Diversion Project, it will allow the bridge to stay open during 37-foot flooding events," he said.

Once finished, the bridge will allow more efficient direct access to the Fargo Veterans Affairs Medical Center and "many other mission-critical amenities," Mahoney said.

The letter to Buttigieg also highlighted the bridge as an important traffic avenue for places like Sanford Health's Broadway Medical Center, North Dakota State University, Hector International Airport and to the Fargo Industrial Park.

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