Cass County 17 reopened

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A temporary bypass road reconnecting traffic on Cass County 17 south of Horace, N.D., is now open, according to the Flood Diversion Authority.

The road was closed earlier this summer as part of construction of the Fargo-Moorhead Area Diversion Project. The bypass road was constructed west of the original road alignment because of the large excavation work that is now complete and the road is reopened, the authority said.

An injunction stopping construction of the Diversion Project halted reopening of Cass County 17. A priority was placed on the importance of getting the road opened as quickly as possible and led to a mutually-agreeable stipulated order, the authority said.

“Ensuring the road is safe for winter was our main priority,” said Jason Benson, Cass County engineer.

The bypass is temporary. The final alignment of the road has yet to be determined, the authority said.

Work continues on flood protection for the Oxbow-Hickson-Bakkee communities. Paving on Cass County Highway 81 is expected to be completed by next week allowing that road to reopen. Oxbow Drive has been paved and reopened.

For more information, visit www.fmdiversion.com.