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New lift bridge to replace pedestrian walkway over Red River

A crew prepares to remove the pedestrian bridge between Oak Grove Park in Fargo and Memorial Park in Moorhead on Monday, Feb. 5, 2018, to make way for a new lift bridge to be built this year. Michael Vosburg / Forum Photo Editor

FARGO – Pedestrians and bicyclists can expect a new bridge over the Red River this fall connecting Moorhead’s Memorial Park and Fargo’s Oak Grove Park.

The two cities announced Monday, Feb. 5, that they are teaming up to replace the existing pedestrian bridge with a lift bridge similar to the one linking Gooseberry and Lindenwood parks.

The new lift bridge will allow for the bridge span to be raised during floods and return to service once floodwaters have receded. The existing bridge at Memorial and Oak Grove parks is typically removed manually each year in preparation for the Red River rising during the spring.

City staff will be able to more efficiently manage the new lift bridge, which compared with the existing bridge will be out of order for shorter periods of time surrounding floods.

The existing bridge will be removed this week, though the exact date of removal is weather dependent. Construction of the new lift bridge could begin as early as this week and will continue through the summer. Work will be suspended during spawning season, mid-March through mid-June, so as not to interrupt fish migration.

Construction of the new bridge will cause the current crossing at Memorial and Oak Grove parks to be unavailable until the new bridge is completed this fall.

Pedestrians and bicyclists are encouraged to plan for alternate routes. The nearest river crossings are the 12th Avenue North bridge and the First Avenue North bridge.