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Continuing Authorities Program 14: Sheldon Road Bridge

Published April 3, 2020
Updated: April 3, 2020

The purpose of this project is to formulate a plan to stabilize the river bank adjacent to Sheldon Road in order to protect the bridge from eroding into the Sheyenne River.


This project is located where Sheldon Road crosses over the Sheyenne River approximately 4.75 miles south of Sheldon, North Dakota.


The bank of the Sheyenne River adjacent to the west side of the south abutment of the Sheldon Road Bridge, located on County Road 54, is being threatened by severe erosion. Surveys estimate that approximately 30 linear feet has eroded since 2006 with additional erosion happening since. The erosion is threatening the use of Sheldon Road Bridge, and without proper intervention, continued erosion progression could potentially affect the integrity of both the bridge and County Road 54 roadway.


Ransom County submitted a letter of interest on February 12, 2018. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is currently working closely with Ransom County, the non-federal sponsor, on the federal interest determination; approval is anticipated in April 2020. Upon determination of federal interest, the feasibility phase of the project will begin. Final report approval and execution of a project partnership agreement between the Corps and Ransom County is expected in early 2021.


The project is authorized under Section 14 of the Flood Control Act of 1946, as amended, Emergency Streambank Protection. This project is authorized under the Continuing Authorities Program (CAP), which is designed to implement projects to protect public or non-profit public facilities and/or services that are open to all on equal terms, have been properly maintained but threatened by natural processes on streambanks and shorelines and are essential and important enough to merit federal participation in their protection (ER 1105-2-100, F3).


The first $100,000 of the feasibility study is fully federally funded. Remaining feasibility funds are cost shared 50/50 with the non-federal sponsor. The design and implementation phase of the project is cost shared at 65 percent federal and 35 percent non-federal. It is estimated that the total cost to design and construct the project is $1,500,000.

Federal Funds Allocated to Date            $100,000