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All of the concrete needed for the driving surface of the east Broadway Bridge has been placed by Lunda Construction and their subcontractors. The last details, including an east retaining wall, temporary barriers to the west and temporary asphalt around the Central Avenue intersection, will be done this month. The contractor has tentatively planned to open the bridge the week of Thanksgiving.
South Hill Softball Complex fields
Crews have finished installing the new artificial turf field on both the Eagles Field and the KC Field at the South Hill Softball Complex. New concrete block dugouts have been constructed, and new fencing has been installed on both fields. Both fields are expected to be ready for use by the spring of 2018.
East Burdick Expressway
East Burdick Expressway is officially open to vehicle traffic again as this project was celebrated with a ribbon cutting on Nov. 9. The last two blocks of underground work between 11th Street SE and 9th Street SE was completed in mid-October, followed by the final two blocks of concrete curb, gutter and roadway. There are some small elements of the project that will be completed in the spring 2018, including the planting of shrubs and trees. The temporary traffic signals at the intersection of 13th Street SE and Valley Street, and at 27th Street SE and Valley Street to help manage the traffic will be deactivated and removed.
Downtown Minot Infrastructure Project
Downtown business owners and city representatives joined federal and state dignitaries Oct. 9 in celebrating the conclusion of three years of work on the complete Downtown Infrastructure Improvements Project. The project is the largest reconstruction effort in the City’s history, as three prime contractors executed work within 26 city blocks that fully replaced or upgraded all city infrastructure in the public right-of-way downtown. The massive effort included replacing miles of water, sanitary sewer and storm sewer pipes, concrete paved streets, curbs and gutters, sidewalks, benches, trash receptacles, and street lighting in areas where some of the infrastructure was between 75 and 100 years old.
Dignitaries at the event included U.S. Senator John Hoeven (R-N.D.), U.S. Senator Heidi Heitkamp (D-N.D.), U.S. Congressman Kevin Cramer (R-N.D.), North Dakota Lt. Governor Brent Sanford, Minot Mayor Chuck Barney and others
In total, the three years of construction, as well as engineering and construction management will cost approximately $34.75 million. The project is being funded by multiple sources, including the U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA) in the form of an $18 million disaster recovery grant, a Community Development Block Grant-Disaster Recovery fund of $4.34 million, $1.25 million in State Water Commission funds, as well as storm sewer and street lighting district special assessments, utility bonds, and state surge funding.