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U.S. 83 Broadway Bridge Viaduct Replacement
All four lanes will soon be open to traffic on the Broadway Bridges, with the grinding finished on the concrete surface, the street lights in place, intersection signals being worked on late last week, and the remaining sidewalk and adjoining areas substantially complete. The official ribbon cutting is scheduled for Nov. 15 at 11 a.m. A few minor items will need to be handled early next year, but nothing that should substantially impact traffic. Aesthetic treatments for the bridge were coordinated with the flood control project so the two projects would match. Aesthetic elements of the downtown reconstruction project were also extended onto the bridge, so street lights and other items match.
U.S. 83 Bypass
Traffic began using all four lanes at the end of October, and guard rail work was also completed by the end of the month. Some seeding work and application of permanent traffic markings will be done next spring. The total project cost for engineering and construction was approximately $16 million, with the City responsible for just under $2 million. The City continues to urge the State of North Dakota to complete the 4-laning of the Bypass north from Fourth Avenue to Broadway. The design and construction of that project is estimated to cost $15 million, and would include the construction of a new bridge at the Fourth Avenue interchange. Current average daily truck counts on the section from Fourth Avenue to Broadway range from 6,860 to 9,330. In 20 years, those counts are expected to range from 11,255 to 15,335.
4th Avenue Floodwalls
A nice end to October gave the contractor time to do more underground work along the Fourth Avenue corridor, just east of Sammy’s Pizza. Crews forming the Broadway Pump Station plan to continue their work on forming walls and backfilling through as much of November as reasonably possible. Fourth Avenue will remain closed through the winter months. A snow removal plan is being finalized to accommodate those in the neighborhood north of the project. Communications directly to homeowners is still being periodically done, as needed.
North Hill water tank
The new 1.5 million tank is expected to be in use in mid-December. The new tank will provide required fire flows for Erik Ramstad Middle School as well as storage for future expansion and fire flow demands. Cost of this project is $3,336,000. The old tower will be demolished in early 2019.
Water Treatment Plant expansion
Work continues to form concrete foundations and lower level walls for the additions onto the plant, which are being constructed west of the current building. The $26 million expansion project that will double the daily capacity at Minot’s Water Treatment Plant. The new facility is expected to be operational by late 2019. 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 project is funded between the North Dakota State Water Commission (65%) and the City of Minot (35%).
Upsizing sanitary sewer lines at lagoon
The new pipe has been installed, and the project is on track to be completed by the end of 2018. 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.