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The main entrance to Roosevelt Park Zoo at 13th Street SE will close to vehicle traffic on Thursday, June 22, as construction on Burdick Expressway East progresses.
Visitors can continue to use the temporary access point created at 11th Street SE, which will now serve as both the entrance and exit for the Zoo during this phase of construction. Pedestrians can also cross Burdick Expressway at 11th Street SE.
“It’s vital that we maintain access to Roosevelt Park Zoo for the duration of the East Burdick Expressway project,” said City Engineer Lance Meyer. “Even though visitors have already been using the temporary access at 11th Street SE, with the closure of the intersection at 13th Street SE we want to reinforce that 11th Street SE will be the entrance and exit for the Zoo.”
Signs have been placed on Valley Street to help direct traffic to the Zoo, Corbett Field and other locations, including the Roosevelt Plaza. Temporary traffic signals have been installed at the intersection of Valley Street and 13th Street SE and at the intersection of Valley Street and 27th Street SE to help manage the increased volume of traffic.
The Burdick Expressway East project will replace underground water, sanitary sewer, and storm sewer pipes, while widening the driving lanes. New lighting, sidewalks, traffic signals and signage will also be installed. A portion of the curve just east of 9th St. SE will be straightened for safety reasons.
The intersection of Burdick Expressway and 9th Street SE has a completion date of July 18 to accommodate the North Dakota State Fair Parade. Once over the viaduct, the parade will be routed onto 9th Street SE, then onto Eastern Avenue and 8th Avenue SE before entering the North Dakota State Fairgrounds. The entire Burdick Expressway project has a completion date of Oct. 28.
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