Archive - Sep 12, 2012 - News Article
The North Dakota Department of Transportation recently released the â€ś2011 North Dakota Crash Summaryâ€ť and the numbers are fairly grim.
â€śItâ€™s getting worse,â€ť Kasey Skalicki, Safe Communities coordinator with the Valley City-Barnes County Health District, said Tuesday. â€śIn 2011 we had 148 motor vehicle deaths, which is 43 more than in 2010. We have been increasing steadily this year, weâ€™re way ahead of time.â€ť
Skalicki said seat belts and sober driving would have saved many of the lives lost on North Dakota roads in 2011 and 2012.
The old North Valley Bridge is set for demolition on Sept. 17 after serving the residents of Valley City and north central Barnes County, as well as thousands upon thousands of visitors to Lake Ashtabula over the past several decades.
The last vehicles crossed the bridge on the afternoon of Aug. 16, when traffic was then permanently switched over to the new, $2.4 million North Valley Bridge, built along the east side of the existing bridge.
For just $30, Valley City residents can have their vehicles cleaned, inside and out, by residents of the Open Door Center, which is a local organization that provides day, residential and vocational services for individuals with disabilities including children and adults with developmental disabilities, adults with mental illness and people with a traumatic brain injury.
The car wash program is run through a nonprofit company called Nish, which specializes in finding work for people with disabilities.