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The former Home Sweet Home building was moved across Fourth Avenue in late June as part of ongoing work with the flood protection project.
U.S. 83 Bypass
Crews have begun driving steel pilings for the new bridge over the Souris River. The new bridge will match the height of the bridge built on the west side of the roadway last year, and will also be approximately 75 feet longer than the old bridge. Portions of the east side lanes will be replaced and regraded in other spots to account for the increased height of the new bridge. Road work will be completed to create turn lanes into the area of the Bark Park and into the Terracita Vallejo subdivision. Head-to-head traffic is now using the two west lanes, and will remain there until the project is completed. The new ramp onto Fourth Avenue is completed, and striping and signage to mark the new left-hand turn lane and right-hand turn lane will be added soon. The project is slightly behind schedule, but crews will begin working longer schedules to make up time. The entire project continues to have a scheduled completion date of Oct. 18.
Water Treatment Plant expansion
The $26 million expansion project that will double the daily capacity at Minot’s Water Treatment Plant is on schedule after the first two months of construction. The new facility is expected to be operational by late 2019. Crews have excavated a massive hole just to the west of the current plant building, and are in the process of establishing the foundation for the new building. Another similar excavation will be completed in the near future to the west of the first excavation location. 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 plant currently is capable of treating between 13 million and 14 million gallons of water per day. The expansion will add another 18 million gallons per day of potential treatment capacity. The prime contractor on the expansion project is PKG of Fargo.
U.S. 83 Broadway Bridge Viaduct Replacement
All construction activity is “out of the ground” as formation and pours for crash walls, piers, columns and pier caps along the entire west bridge are well under way. The contractor expects delivery of bearings and beams to happen in late July or early August. All signs point toward a timely finish of the project in late fall
North Hill water tank
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. 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 later this summer on this $13.5 million project, with the last directional drilling currently under way. Once the drilling is done, crews will make final connections, pressure test pipes, start new pumps, and flush the new pipeline. The project is relocating 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 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.
Flood control project
Work on the Phase MI-1 Fourth Avenue flood protection is reaching out beyond the construction of the Broadway Pump Station. Park Construction and its subcontractors are focusing efforts in multiple areas, including in and around the Souris River, on both the east and west sides of the Broadway Bridge. In June, the contractor started the placement of rip rap (large rocks that form shoreline protection) and bank stabilization. Remaining early-season private utility company work is almost complete within the general project corridor. A subcontractor for Park Construction is starting to form and pour the discharge chamber area on the south side of the Broadway Pump Station. In order to maintain necessary public safety throughout the project, the contractor closed, to through traffic, the two pedestrian bridges (Anne Street and Victoria bridges) located between Broadway and Third Street at the end of June. Pedestrians are encouraged to use the Broadway and Third Street bridges to cross over the river/railroad tracks in this section of Minot.
Downtown Infrastructure Project
Keller Paving will be performing warranty work in the downtown area this summer that will periodically affect traffic flow. Keller and the City will work to schedule the work throughout the summer. Access to businesses will remain open during any work being done.
Upsizing sanitary sewer lines at lagoon
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.
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.