Fargo Mayor Tim Mahoney calls for scaled back version of pedestrian bridge over 2nd Ave. N.

(Fargo, ND) -- Fargo Mayor Tim Mahoney calling for a scaled back version of a pedestrian bridge over 2nd Avenue North, connecting city hall to the west side of the Red River

"I don't like the price tag of eight to nine million and so I've already talked to the engineers, shortened the bike path and make a few changes," said Mahoney. 

Mahoney also says the idea that the pedestrian bridge would be built over the Red River to connect Fargo with Moorhead is a "misconception". The city is currently reviewing six bridge design options.  The city has received $2.4 million dollars in federal funding to pay for the project. The mayor also acknowledged that funding from North Dakota's "Prairie Dog" bill could not be used to help pay for the bridge, as those funds are only intended to be used for critical infrastructure. 

Also during his conversation wtih WDAY News First, the mayor disputed a claim by Commissioner Dave Piepkorn that 40 senior officers with the police department "have their resumes out". Piepkorn made the comment while appeairng on "What's on Your Mind" on AM 1100 The Flag. 

Original Air Date: 
Wednesday, September 7, 2022