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Posted on: May 9, 2018

Construction in full swing

The 2018 construction season is already under way in Minot, with work beginning on initial phases of flood control work and the second year of work beginning on the Broadway Bridge project, among other projects.

The City of Minot has introduced a new Geographic Information System that will allow users to find detailed information about construction projects, road closures, and load restrictions. The new site can be found at minotnd.maps.arcgis.com/home/index.html.

U.S. 83 Bypass

Starting May 7, there will be major changes to traffic flow in this area. Between the bridge over the Souris River and the intersection with Highway 2&52, traffic will be reduced to head-to-head, with one lane each for north and south traffic. The single southbound lane will be used to turn west onto Highway 2&52, turn east onto Highway 2&52, and cross Highway 2&52. Also through that intersection, westbound traffic on Highway 2&52 will be reduced to one lane, which will accommodate traffic heading west and traffic turning north onto the U.S. 83 Bypass. The $13.5 million project includes the DOT and the City of Minot. The project includes adding traffic signals at the intersection of the Bypass and 21st Avenue NW. The intersection has been realigned, improving access to the apartments located west of the Bypass and providing improved access to the Bypass.

Phases 1-3 of flood control

Construction on a key component of the first phase of flood protection in Minot began in earnest at the end of April. The Broadway Pump Station, the storm water pump station at the corner of Broadway and Fourth Avenue, makes up a substantial piece of the Phase MI-1 4th Avenue flood protection project, and when finished will be able to pump 180,000 gallons of water per minute. The Souris River Joint Board made sure this pump station was included in the first phase of the enhanced flood protection to give appropriate protection to north Minot when mother nature hits.

The closure of six blocks of Fourth Avenue for flood protection construction began the week of April 30 and will remain closed for the majority of 2018. Park Construction, as part of the Phase MI-1 Fourth Avenue flood protection project, will be installing a temporary storm sewer bypass across Fourth Avenue as well as permanent underground utility infrastructure during this closure. The closure will start at Broadway and go east until Fifth Street NE. A detour route will be clearly marked that includes using Sixth Avenue NE/NW for through traffic. Local traffic access to Sammy’s Pizza will be open.

The Phase MI-1 Fourth Avenue enhanced flood protection project is a six block stretch of levees, floodwalls, a new sanitary lift station, and a major storm water pump station from just west of Broadway to the east side of Third Street NE. Construction on this phase is scheduled to be complete in late 2020.

U.S. 83 Broadway Bridge Viaduct Replacement

Demolition on the old, west bridge is about 60% complete as of the end of April. Construction of the new, west bridge is already under way with crews from Lunda Construction driving steel piling on the north abutment and pouring some of the first concrete for the bridge support system. Coordination with the two railroads and other impacted parties continues. No current concerns with reaching scheduled opening dates in late fall 2018. Business access remains open – the driving public needs to please pay more attention to signs indicating “no left turn” at certain intersections – for their own safety, for the safety of others, and for the flow of traffic. The estimated construction cost of $20.8 million. The Federal Highway Administration is funding nearly 80% of the project, with the remaining cost covered by the state of North Dakota and the City of Minot.

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. Construction began in 2017, and is expected to be completed by fall 2018. Cost of this project is $3,336,000.

Sundre water line relocation

Work is expected to be completed mid-summer on this $13.5 million project that will relocate a water line from the Sundre well field that carries two-thirds of Minot’s municipal raw water that gets treated for the residents of Minot and surrounding communities. The project includes constructing a new 2 million gallon storage reservoir and a booster pump station near the Sundre well field southeast of Minot, and installing miles of new pipeline that will bring raw water from the aquifer to the Minot Water Treatment Plant. The new booster pump station will push the water from the new storage reservoir through a new 24-inch pipe to a location approximately 4 miles south of Minot near 93rd Avenue Southeast, where it will tie into the existing raw water line for the Northwest Area Water Supply project. From there, the water will be sent northeast for approximately 7.2 miles into the City of Minot Water Treatment Plant. The project is expected to cost $13.5 million, with 65% of the cost being paid for by the State Water Commission. The City of Minot is paying for the project up front, and then the City will get an equal amount of credit from the State Water Commission on future water projects, including flood control.

Water Treatment Plant expansion

A $26 million expansion project that will essentially double the daily capacity at Minot’s Water Treatment Plant is under way. The project is part of the Northwest Area Water Supply Project, which will provide clean drinking water to many communities in northwest and north central North Dakota. The $26 million project is funded between the North Dakota State Water Commission (65%) and the City of Minot (35%). The City’s portion of the funding was collected through Minot’s 1-cent sales tax. The original Minot Water Treatment plant was built in 1951, and has undergone several expansions and renovations. In 1951, the plant could treat 6 million gallons of water per day. By 1961, renovations and additions boosted the plant’s daily production to 18 million gallons per day. The plant currently treats between 13 million and 14 million gallons of water per day. The prime contractor on the expansion project is PKG of Fargo. Sealed bids for the project were opened in late December. The project is expected to take approximately two years to complete.

Upsizing sanitary sewer lines at lagoon

This project is expected to begin this spring, depending on the weather. The nearly $6 million project will upsize the sanitary sewer lines that convey water from the aeration pond to the lagoon cells. Under peak flow conditions, the current pipes aren’t large enough. The project is expected to be finished by end of 2018. The general contractor is Wagner Construction.

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