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Historic ND Bridge Collapses; No Injuries

Wednesday, July 24, 2019

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A historic bridge near Northwood, North Dakota, collapsed Monday (July 22) under the weight of a tractor-trailer that exceeded the weight limit. No injuries were reported, but it will cost between $800,000 and $1 million to replace the bridge.

Located roughly 1.5 miles southwest of Northwood, the structure, built in 1906, is on the National Register of Historic Places and ran across the Goose River.

What Happened

According to a post from the Grand Forks County Sheriff’s Office, around 1:15 p.m. on Monday, Michael Dodds drove a 2005 Peterbilt tractor-trailer carrying beans along 3rd Avenue NE. Once the truck reached the restricted-weight, 56-foot-long bridge, the structure collapsed. As a result, the truck became stuck on the western abutment.

The sheriff’s office goes on to note that the bridge was approved for 14 tons gross weight, and restrictions were marked. The truck was reportedly carrying 43 tons, and an overload citation, totaling $11,400, was issued. The street the truck used is now closed.

The Grand Forks County Sheriff’s Office was helped by the North Dakota Highway Patrol, the Grand Forks County Highway Department and Interstate Towing in handling the situation.

Moving Forward

In photos posted by the sheriff’s office, the bridge is shown partially collapsed, with the tractor-trailer hanging off one section of the span.

Though the bridge was not named, NBC investigated the historic register and found a bridge in that area built in 1906, also 56 feet long. Commonly known as the Goose River Bridge, and also named the Northwood Bridge, the structure was dubbed historic due to being the county’s oldest documented bridge, in application documents submitted to the register in 1997.

The bridge identified by NBC is a pin-connected Pratt half-hip pony truss, a design that was commonly used in the region, as well as across the country, in the early 20th century. The same documents also name the county as the bridge owner.

According to NBC News, Northwood has a population of around 950 people, and is located roughly 25 miles southwest of Grand Forks. An investigation is currently underway.


Tagged categories: Accidents; Bridges; Infrastructure; NA; North America; Program/Project Management; Rehabilitation/Repair

Comment from Mark Taylor, (7/24/2019, 8:11 AM)

This guy has no business driving a rig that big. That's common sense stuff. Revoke his CDL, send him back to flipping burgers.

Comment from Scott Youngs, (7/24/2019, 11:14 AM)

A little harsh, but I have to agree with you Mark. A demonstration of what ignorance will provide if you follow it's path...

Comment from Mark Bowen, (7/24/2019, 3:43 PM)

The $11,400 is just the down payment. Hopefully he has a million worth of liability coverage.

Comment from Mark Taylor, (7/25/2019, 8:18 AM)

He's lucky the tractor didn't wind up in the creek too. A good example of how desperate the trucking industry is for good help.

Comment from Sasha A. Bacic , (12/26/2019, 2:14 AM)

Few weeks ago it happens in France! Idiots doesn’t live within borders, they live worldwide!,,

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