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Crews with the Broadway Bridge project are 99 percent complete on the demolition of the old east bridge, with only one small portion remaining. The construction of the new bridge is continuing at a good pace, with work progressing in three or four areas at any one time. The new bridge will have six piers, and two abutments. Work is underway on all of these individual structures. The bulk of the funding for the $21 million project is coming from Federal Highway Administration dollars, nearly 80 percent. The remaining cost is being shared by the State of North Dakota and the City of Minot.
East Burdick Expressway
The first sections of new concrete roadway and curb and gutter were poured in early July in the intersection of Burdick Expressway and 9th Street SE, near the entrance to Eastwood Park. That intersection is scheduled to 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. Work on straightening a section of the roadway, which included work on the river oxbow in the area, has been substantially completed. Road removals continue on other sections of the project, and the intersection of Burdick and 13th Street SE including the main entrance to the Roosevelt Park Zoo was closed to traffic in md-June. Traffic in and out of the Zoo has been directed to a temporary access point at 11th 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 project has an overall completion date of late October.
Downtown Minot Infrastructure Project
The only block of First Avenue SW previously under construction in Downtown Minot opened to east/west traffic at the end of June, after Keller Paving and subcontractors finished their work. This block, from Broadway through First Street SW, was the first road closed earlier this spring and is the first to re-open to traffic. City staff responsible for the Downtown Infrastructure Improvements Project say they look forward to seeing more roads open to the public soon. Keller Paving anticipates opening the block of North Main Street by the middle of July. Drivers are asked to pay close attention to the construction signage when coming to downtown. Some of the best ways to get downtown are by using Main Street off Burdick Expressway, Second Avenue or First Avenue from either side of downtown, and Central Avenue from the east side of downtown (Third Street).
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. Crews are currently working on a water main on 21st Avenue NW, and have begun grading and realignment to create the extension of 21st Avenue NW, which will continue on the west side of the new intersection. 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.16th St SW & 31st Ave SW
The new turning lane and road at this intersection have been completed, and are waiting for final items to be finished before both are opened to vehicle traffic. Asphalt work was completed the last week of June and first week of July. There are some small items left to complete on the project, including landscaping and other work along 16th Street SW. The $413,000 project improves traffic flow in the area and improves visibility at the intersection.
North Hill water tank
Underground work continues on this project, which 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.