Sorlie Memorial Bridge

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Sorlie Memorial Bridge
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Sorlie Memorial Bridge
Sorlie Memorial Bridge is located in North Dakota
Sorlie Memorial Bridge
Sorlie Memorial Bridge is located in the US
Sorlie Memorial Bridge
Location E end of Demers Ave., Grand Forks, North Dakota and East Grand Forks, Minnesota
Coordinates 47°55′36.83″N 97°01′40.4″W / 47.9268972°N 97.027889°W / 47.9268972; -97.027889Coordinates: 47°55′36.83″N 97°01′40.4″W / 47.9268972°N 97.027889°W / 47.9268972; -97.027889
Area less than 1 acre (0.40 ha)
Built 1929
Architect Minneapolis Bridge Co.
Architectural style Parker through truss bridge
MPS Historic Roadway Bridges of North Dakota MPS
NRHP Reference # 99000844 [1]
Added to NRHP July 19, 1999

The Sorlie Memorial Bridge, also known as the Red River Bridge was built in 1929 by the Minneapolis Bridge Company to connect the cities of Grand Forks, North Dakota and East Grand Forks, Minnesota.[1] It was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1999.[1]

The Sorlie Memorial Bridge replaced a swing bridge on the same site that was constructed in 1889. It is a Parker through truss bridge with two truss spans and rides on rails to accommodate the ever-changing banks of the Red River of the North. The Sorlie Memorial Bridge was named for North Dakota's 14th governor, Arthur G. Sorlie. Plaques on either end identify Sorlie as "a true friend of better roads and bridges." At the time, the bridge was the only vehicular crossing in the area, and was important for carrying U.S. Route 2, a transcontinental route. It is the oldest documented Parker truss design in the state, and its two spans of 283 feet (86 m) are the longest riveted Parker through trusses in the state. [2]

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  1. ^ a b c National Park Service (2009-03-13). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 
  2. ^ Mark Hufstetler (December 10, 1996). "NRHP Inventory-Nomination: Sorlie Memorial Bridge / Red River Bridge ; 32GF279" (PDF). National Park Service.  and Accompanying photos, exterior and interior

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Media related to Sorlie Memorial Bridge at Wikimedia Commons

A Humvee on the Sorlie Bridge during the 1997 Red River Flood