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Water main break causes temporary road closure near BSU

BEMIDJI —A water main break near the Bemidji State University campus temporarily closed the road above Tuesday.

The break was reported Tuesday morning on 23rd Street Northeast, and by 10:30 a.m., crews were digging up the street. The road was closed between Birchmont Drive Northeast and Calihan Avenue Northeast.

Bemidji State University said on its Facebook page that Oak Hall was temporarily without water. City street superintendent David Hansen said he was unsure if any other residents were without water.

Hansen said in the early afternoon that once the repair was made, it would be covered with a gravel surface and repaved at a later date. The street was scheduled to reopen Tuesday afternoon.

City engineer Craig Gray said the water main is almost 75 years old. He added that it was scheduled to be replaced in 2011, when the road was included on the city’s street reconstruction project list.

It was taken off that list, however, when the City Council received objections from neighbors.   

John Hageman

John Hageman covers North Dakota politics from the Forum News Service bureau in Bismarck. He attended the University of Minnesota in the Twin Cities, where he studied journalism and political science, and he previously worked at the Grand Forks Herald and Bemidji Pioneer.  

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