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Construction on the east Broadway Bridge passed a key milestone in late July, as crews placed the largest single concrete pour to form the south abutment of the east bridge. This piece of substructure will rest right near the intersection of Central and Broadway, and will bear a significant portion of the weight of the bridge. Crews have finished with the demolition of the old east bridge, and are currently about 50 percent done with the construction of the new bridge. The bridge, counting both approaches, will be nearly 1,000 feet long when finished. This half of the project is planned to be finished by late October or early November 2017. The contractor expects to begin placing steel beams atop the substructure around Labor Day.
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 was opened to traffic in time to accommodate the State Fair parade on July 22. Road removals and underground work continues on other sections of the project. Concrete work has begun on the intersection of Burdick Expressway East and 13th Street SE, which is the main entrance to the Roosevelt Park Zoo. The deadline to have that intersection reopened to traffic is Aug. 19. Traffic in and out of Roosevelt Park Zoo will return to 13th Street SE when the intersection is complete. Meanwhile, traffic in and out of the Zoo remains at 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
Phase 2 work on First Avenue SW and North Main Street is complete – these roads have been open to the driving public since the middle of July. Phase 3 work is done with 99 percent of the underground work needed. Wagner Construction added an additional concrete subcontractor to help the work flow more efficiently and smoothly when it comes to finishing above ground elements of the job. Their work is pushing forward in the two corridors left, First Street SW and Third Avenue SW. Road work finished by Central Campus and Milton Young Towers at the beginning of August. Please go to www.downtownminotisopen.com or find us on Facebook at “Downtown Minot is Open” for the latest information.
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. Work continues on a new bridge as part of the project, and on 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. 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.
South Hill Softball Complex fields
Work is under way on the installation of artificial turf on two fields at the South Hill Softball Complex. The KC field and the Eagles field, located on the west end of the complex, will be converted to artificial turf fields. The project has an expected completion date of Nov. 17, and should be ready for the high school fastpitch softball season in the spring of 2018. Similar work is happening at Corbett Field, where the natural grass field will be replaced with artificial turf.
16th St SW & 31st Ave SW
The new turning lane and road at this intersection have been completed, and are open to vehicle traffic. The $413,000 project improves traffic flow in the area and improves visibility at the intersection.
Water Treatment Plant hazard mitigation project
A ribbon cutting will be held Friday, Aug.11, at 10 a.m. for the flood wall project near the Minot Water Treatment Plant. The event will be held at Forest Road and 16th Street SW and is open to the public.