WILLISTON, N.D. (AP) — The North Dakota Department of Transportation plans to have the Lewis and Clark Bridge in Williston demolished by 2016.
The Williston Herald reports that traffic volumes in the area exceed the capacity of the roadway and the existing bridge is not wide enough.
Consulting and engineering firm KLJ says there is a need for access to businesses in the Williston area from rural areas, and growth in the oil and gas industry has made the quaint structure outdated. A four-lane highway will accommodate the increasing traffic.
The DOT and KLJ say they are taking care to respect wildlife and preservation.
Ideas include a wildlife crossing that would allow animals to move freely, a screen that would protect fish and a high-flow structure intended to keep the water fresh.