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The 2017 construction season is well 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.
Crews continue to demolish the east bridge on the Broadway Bridge Replacement Project, and are currently about 85 percent done with this portion of the job. Contractors on the new bridge, which will be nearly 1,000 feet long when finished, are continuing to pour concrete footings and columns to form the 6 piers that support the new structure. In May the project passed the early milestone of pouring this new concrete. Crews still anticipate finishing the east new bridge before the end of this construction season.
East Burdick Expressway
This project, which is on East Burdick Expressway between Ninth Street SE and 15th Street SE, is well under way. As of June 5, the stretch of road is now closed to vehicle traffic, and traffic is being rerouted onto Valley Street to 27th Street SE. Temporary traffic signals have been installed at the intersection of 13th Street SE and Valley Street, and at 27th Street SE and Valley Street to help manage the traffic. The intersection at East Burdick and 9th Street SE must be open to traffic by July 18 to accommodate the State Fair parade, which will travel through that intersection before being rerouted onto 9th Street SE, then onto Eastern Avenue to 8th Avenue SE and into the fair grounds. The project has an overall completion date of late October.
Downtown Minot Infrastructure Project
An early start to the construction season and a dry spring are allowing for two separate contractors to stay on schedule for work in downtown Minot. Wagner Construction is the contractor on the Third Phase of the Downtown Infrastructure Improvements Project, and with crews working in three separate areas they are moving quickly on underground work. Phase 3 work is progressing on eight blocks in northeast, southeast, and southwest in the downtown area. It is anticipated that electrical work and concrete work will begin next week. The underground work on Phase 3 has moved smoothly for the most part, and is on or slightly ahead of schedule. For work that was carried over from the 2016 Phase 2 contract with Keller Paving, concrete crews are placing new curb and gutter on First Avenue, which will be followed shortly by new concrete roads on that block. The goal remains to have both of the Phase 2 blocks open by the end of June or early July. If you are looking for additional construction information, including maps on the current construction zone and a business directory on how best to access a specific location downtown go to www.downtownminotisopen.com. You can also contact the public information officer for the project at 857-7205, and ask for Mark Lyman.
U.S. 83 Bypass
Work continues on this $13.5 million project, which will create additional lanes on the west side of the current lanes. Traffic interruptions have been minimal, with the vast majority of the work being done west of the existing two lanes of traffic. Flaggers are on the scene assisting with traffic speed control. The project is a combined effort between the North Dakota Department of Transportation 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.
16th St SW & 31st Ave SW
Work continues on this $413,000 project, and completion is anticipated for July 1. 31st Avenue is closed west of 16th Street, and one lane closure has taken place on 16th Street from 31st Avenue to Meadowlark Drive. The project will improve traffic flow in the area and improve visibility at the intersection.
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. Work has begun on this project.Water Treatment Plant hazard mitigation project
Work on the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP)-Water Treatment Plant flood protection project is approaching the final two to three months of work remaining. The work that needs to be done includes putting an anti-graffiti coating on the floodwalls (which just received their colored stain in May), landscaping around the entire area, work associated with the pump stations and other buildings on site, and the permanent reopening of roads that connect the neighborhood back to 16th Street SW. Crews plan to test the new temporary road closures in June. The projected date for finishing the majority of this work is late July or early August.