Today, the ND Department of Transportation, upon request of the Morton County Sheriff’s Department removed the top layer of jersey (concrete) barriers from the Backwater Bridge.
Police say it’s part of a good faith effort in response to clean up work done by those at the protest camps.
“Since we are seeing positive movement from the main camp with cleanup efforts and protesters moving out in preparation for potential spring flooding, I ordered the removal of some jersey barriers as a way to move toward a peaceful resolution,” Morton County Sheriff Kyle Kirchmeier said. “The camps needs to be completely cleared before any flooding occurs and rule of law needs to be maintained in the are if protesters can continue to stay off the bridge, refrain from any criminal activity and focus on cleanup efforts, we will continue our phased approach to reopen Highway 1806 which includes bringing in DOT to repair the bridge.”
For video of the barricades being removed, CLICK HERE.