BEULAH, N.D. — A North Dakota bridge built in the 1980s will be used for a recreation complex and green space.
The iron pedestrian bridge in Beulah was removed during a highway construction project last year, The Bismarck Tribune (http://bit.ly/2pN2LGI ) reported.
Councilman Clyde Schulz, who manages the city’s parks and recreation portfolio, said the city paid $10,000 to move sections of the bridge to its new site.
The bridge will be used to cover a drainage valley that runs out of the north hills near the city’s outdoor swimming pool at the new Beulah Wellness Center. It will form part of the recreation complex and green space. The price of the project could come out to be less expensive than an alternative heavy-duty culvert project.
“We can set that bridge in place for maybe $10,000-$20,000 and utilize a piece of history. We’ve got a nice bridge at half the cost of two culverts,” said Schulz,
He estimated the price of the culverts would be $40,000.
Schulz is creating a Save the Bridge committee to raise money and involve the community in the project. He said the bridge’s finish and planking will remain the same.
Mayor Darrell Bjerke said he thinks the city did well in saving money while saving a piece of nostalgia at the same time.
Information from: Bismarck Tribune, http://www.bismarcktribune.com