Four Bears Bridge

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Four Bears Bridge
Crosses Lake Sakakawea
Longest span 316 feet (96 m)
Construction begin July 2003
Construction end 2005
Construction cost $55,000,000[1]


Four Bears Bridge is one of two bridges built over the Missouri River on the Fort Berthold Reservation in the U.S. state of North Dakota. The current bridge which opened in 2005 is the second largest bridge in the state and replaces an earlier bridge built in 1955. The 1955 bridge replaced an even earlier bridge known as the Verendrye Bridge after the first European explorer to visit present day North Dakota.

One worker was killed and three were injured when a portion of the new bridge collapsed during construction on November 30, 2004.

The current bridge is decorated with medallions reflecting the heritage of the Three Affiliated Tribes, the Mandan, Arikara and Hidatsa who inhabit the reservation. The bridge is named for two chiefs, one Mandan and one Hidatsa and both named Four Bears.

The bridge opened to traffic on September 2, 2005, at around 10:00 a.m. local time [1]. An official opening ceremony was held on October 3, 2005.

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Coordinates: 47°58′47″N 102°33′44″W / 47.979739°N 102.562137°W / 47.979739; -102.562137


  1. ^ http://www.constructionequipmentguide.com/Four-Bears-Steadily-Crosses-Sakakawea-in-ND/5035/