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55th Street Bridge Officially Opens

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It cost more than 26 million dollars -- and took more than a decade to finally come together...but this morning in Minot a ribbon cutting that many in the region had been hoping to see for more than a decade happened.

Minot Mayor Curt Zimbleman had the honor of cutting the ribbon and officially opening up the 55th Street bridge near Minot's Energy Park.

It continues a northeast bypass that now flows freely now from Highway 2 all the way to Highway 83 north of the airport.

It was a project that was possible thanks to multiple funding sources working together.

20 million dollars in federal funds, nearly one and a half million from the state and more than three million from the city and county.

Burlington Northern Sante Fe contributed more than a million as well.

(Gov. Jack Dalrymple - (R) North Dakota) "If we had any one of those entities not cooperating, we might not be here today." (Sen. Heidi Heitkamp - (D) North Dakota) "It is sending energy across the country and food across the country. It will continue to prosper and grow and Minot will be a place that everyone knows." (Sen. John Hoeven - (R) North Dakota) "The rail goes there right now but there will be more spurs as BNSF and the Intermodel facility grows so you are going to need a bigger span. I think that sums up what is going on here in Minot and what is going on here in North Dakota."

The bridge actually opened to traffic on the 13th of this month -- about two years after the construction on it started.

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