Deficient bridge in Nowthen to be replaced

A deficient bridge in Nowthen will receive state bonding money to be reconstructed this summer.

The Anoka County Board, on the recommendation of its Public Works Committee, has added the bridge on Old Viking Boulevard over the Ford Brook to its master list for bridge replacement, which makes the project eligible for the state bonding dollars.

In a report to the Public Works Committee, Andrew Witter, assistant county engineer, said that the county provides bridge inspection services for its townships and cities under 5,000 population, into which Nowthen falls.

The county’s most recent inspection of the bridge on Old Viking Boulevard over Ford Brook in Nowthen lowered its ranking to deficient and made it a high priority for reconstruction, he said.

The total project cost is $167,500 with state bonding dollars paying $100,500 and state aid funds picking up the balance, according to Doug Fischer, county highway engineer.

No county dollars will be used for the project, Fischer said.

Nowthen will be responsible for the project design and construction, with the county acting as a conduit for the state funding, he said.