Engineer: Nielsville bridge grant request likely denied by USDOT

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Posted: Friday, September 18, 2020 6:46 am

A grant request seeking federal funds to pay for a new bridge over the Red River near Nielsville, Minn., appears to have been rejected, an engineer told Traill County officials Tuesday.

Matt Lange of KLJ Engineering told county commissioners Tuesday morning that his office hasn’t received official word that Traill and Polk counties have been rejected for a Better Utilizing Investments to Leverage Development (BUILD) grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation.

However, Sens. John Hoeven and Kevin Cramer and Congressman Kelly Armstrong announced Monday that the state received a $22 million BUILD grant to raise the grades of eight highways in rural North Dakota and parts of Interstate 94 prone to flooding.

If the Nielsville bridge had been awarded a BUILD grant, North Dakota’s congressional delegation probably would have mentioned the news Monday while announcing the other grant, Lange said.

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