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A six-block section of Burdick Expressway East reopened to vehicle traffic today after the completion of a major construction project.
City of Minot officials, including Mayor Chuck Barney, City Manager Tom Barry and City Engineer Lance Meyer, joined North Dakota Department of Transportation Director Thomas Sorel and others to mark the road’s official reopening at a ribbon cutting. The event was held at the intersection of Burdick Expressway and 13th Street NE, which is the main entrance to Roosevelt Park Zoo.
“Burdick Expressway is a key route for east-west traffic in Minot, and we’re pleased that this project is substantially completed and traffic is flowing again,” said Meyer. “We appreciate the patience of everyone in this area as we’ve worked to upgrade this critical infrastructure and improve this section of roadway.”
Burdick Expressway from 9th Street NE to 15th Street NE was upgraded, including new water lines, sewer pipes and storm sewer lines. Many of the underground utilities were 100 years old and in dire need of replacement. The stretch of Burdick Expressway now has new concrete sidewalks, curb and gutter, and updated signage and traffic signals. In addition, a small section of Burdick Expressway East near the intersection with 9th Street Southeast was slightly realigned to improve traffic flow and safety, and left turn lanes were added at 9th Street SE and 13th Street SE.
As part of the project, the traffic signal at the intersection of Burdick Expressway and 13th Street SE has been removed. There are overhead flashing signals that accompany pedestrian crossings at the intersection. Temporary traffic signals at the intersection of Valley Street and 13th Street SE and at the intersection of Valley Street and 27th Street SE will soon be deactivated and removed. Some finishing work on the project will be completed next spring, including planting trees and shrubs.
The NDDOT and the Minot City Council awarded the $4.3 million project to Keller Paving and Landscape in April 2017. The City of Minot’s share was $1.4 million.