2022 Edison Safe Routes to School

Photo of the existing 17th Ave SW grass boulevards This project is currently in design and construction is anticipated to begin in the spring/summer of 2022. The general location of sidewalks is shown below.

NEIGHBORHOOD INFORMATION MEETING

A neighborhood information meeting has been scheduled for Thursday, October 21st from 5:30-7:30pm at Edison Elementary School. 

For more information, contact Jesse Berg at 857-4100 or jesse.berg@minotnd.org

Map of proposed sidewalks along 17th Ave SW

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Who requested sidewalk be installed? What’s the history of the project?

1.    The City Council hired Ackerman-Estvold to complete a Minot Safe Routes to School Study. This study was completed in the early part of 2010, and outlined the existing network of sidewalk around all of Minot’s Elementary schools along with the areas of need. The study then created a list of priorities based on the schools that had the highest need for new sidewalk. The study is available here.

2.    In 2019, the City Council authorized the Engineering Department to apply for grant funding to install this section of Sidewalk through the North Dakota Department of Transportation’s (NDDOT) Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP).

3.    This project was selected as the #1 project in the state by NDDOT, and was awarded $290,000 grant funds to complete the project. 

4.    City Council voted to accept the funding and added the project to the Capital Improvement Plan for construction in 2022.

5.    Design began in 2021 and the project is proposed to Bid in February of 2022 with completion fall of 2022. 

Why Edison School Area?

1.    The aforementioned study outlined the need for sidewalk and separated it into phases for each area around Minot’s Elementary schools. The study looked at all the phases of construction needed as a whole and prioritized them based on highest need. 

2.    This project was prioritized as #7, priorities 1-6, 10-12, 14, and 15 have been completed to date. The City divided priority 7 into multiple phases, as to attempt to maximize the utilization of the grant funds. The section that was selected to be most critical within priority 7 is this project, as proposed. 

3.    We have also been approved for Safe Routes to School projects in 2023 and 2024, which will be  near Bel Air Elementary (priority 17) and Washington Elementary (priorities 8 & 9) respectively. 

Why both sides of the road?

1.    This is what the study had outlined as a need for the area, which fits into the grand scope of the plan for future sidewalk on the adjacent streets and avenues. See full scope of priority 7 and priority 18.