Bismarck bridge in need of repairs

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BISMARCK, N.D. - One of the last things you would want to hear is that something is wrong with a bridge you're driving over.

There are definite concerns about the Hay Creek Bridge on East Century in Bismarck.

The city commission heard the results of a two-year study on the bridge, which was built in 2007.

The report says the bridge itself isn't moving, but the embankments it's connected to are settling more rapidly than expected. It's not considered to be dangerous, but fixing it could be expensive.

"Repair is a pretty strong word here. When you repair something you expect it to stay repaired for a while, and in this case repairs could last anywhere from one year to three or four years, depending on how much future movement you're going to get," said Ron Farmer, SEH Representative.

​One possible option is to replace the embankments with bridge spans. ​