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The 2017 construction season is under way, with a number of projects in progress around the City of Minot. There are also many other projects that will begin in the coming weeks. Motorists are reminded to use caution when driving through construction zones.
Work is under way on the first of two years of construction on the Broadway Bridge. This year’s focus is on removing and replacing the two north-bound lanes. Removal of the old bridge began a month ago, and work has begun on constructing the pillars for the new bridge. The bridge is expected to reopen to four-lane traffic after Nov. 1. Lunda Construction is the prime contractor on the $20 million state Department of Transportation project.
Downtown Minot Infrastructure Project
Work has begun on Phase 3 of the project, with general contractor Wagner Construction starting asphalt removals on two blocks of Third Avenue SE near Central Campus, on Second Street north of Central Avenue, and on Second Street between Burdick Expressway and Third Avenue. This year’s Phase 3 work includes Third Avenue between Broadway and Third Street SE, and on First Street SW between Central Avenue and Burdick Expressway. Work has also begun on one of two blocks left over from last year’s Phase 2. Work is under way on one block of First Avenue between Broadway and First Street SW. One block of Main Street north of Central Avenue will also be completed this year.
U.S. 83 Bypass
Additional lanes will be built on the west side of the current lanes. Work has begun on the $13.5 million project of the DOT and the City of Minot. The project includes adding traffic signals at the intersection of the Bypass and 21st Avenue NW. The intersection will be realigned, and access to the apartments located west of the Bypass will be improved.
East Burdick Expressway
The section of East Burdick Expressway between Ninth Street SE and 15th Street SE will be closed during construction, and traffic will be rerouted onto Valley Street to 27th Street SE. Temporary signals will be installed at 13th Street and 27th Street on Valley Street to help manage the traffic. The intersection at East Burdick/9th Street must be paved and open to traffic by July 20 in time for the State Fair parade, which will be detoured onto 9th Street to Eastern Ave to 8th Avenue and into the fair grounds. The project is anticipated to begin in late May with a late October completion date.
16th St SW & 31st Ave SW
Work has already started on this $413,000 project, and completion is anticipated for July 1. 31st Avenue will be closed west of 16th Street during construction. One lane closure will occur on 16th Street from 31st Avenue to Meadowlark Drive. The project will improve traffic flow in the area and improve visibility at the intersection.
West Burdick Expressway mill and overlay
This approximately $500,000 project is anticipated to start in mid- or late May. It is funded by street maintenance funds. Traffic will be head-to-head during construction. Access to businesses will be maintained.
North Hill water tank
This project will provide 1.5 million gallons of water storage for the North Hill system. This will provide required fire flows for Erik Ramstad Middle School as well as storage for future expansion and fire flow demands. Cost of this project is $3,336,000.
Puppy Dog Sewer project
This $5 million project will benefit the entire south side of Minot south of Highway 2. Approximately 25% of the city sewage flows through this system. This is Phase 6 of this project, and uses 594 funding from USACE and Water Sewer bonds.
Water Treatment Plant hazard mitigation project
This is a list of the items that are remaining on the Water Treatment Plant hazard mitigation project. This project has a targeted end date of August/end of summer.
-Prep and stain the flood walls
-Finish installing the storm sewer on 16th Street SW and 11th Avenue SW
-Finish the last layers of asphalt on 12th Street SW
-Install the UV reactors in the High Service Pump Station in July
-Test the removable closures for the flood walls
-Paint the inside of new buildings, and finish the electrical inside the buildings
-Finish the chlorine feed area inside the Water Treatment Plant by installing the diffusers and the static mixer
-Install minimal decorative fencing around the new lift station and do appropriate landscaping