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Posted on: June 5, 2018

Major construction project making progress

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Phases 1-3 of flood control

Work on the Phase MI-1 Fourth Avenue flood protection project in May focused primarily on the excavation that is needed to build the Broadway Pump Station (pictured above). Located at the corner of Broadway and Fourth Avenue, this key piece of infrastructure will ensure storm water from the north side of Minot is removed from the “dry” side of the flood protection during a rain event that occurs during high Souris River levels. The project’s general contractor, Park Construction, spent more than three weeks removing thousands of dump truck loads of soil (at a pace of about 1,500 cubic yards a day). The contractor plans to continue excavating the exploration trench and installing the rebar needed to form the discharge chamber base slab in June.

Utility companies with infrastructure along the Fourth Avenue construction corridor wrapped up a majority of their relocation work in May. The timeline in this section of the project will pick back up after the Sundre line re-route is complete in south Minot and soon-to-be-delivered underground structures are on site. Please remember, the closure of Fourth Avenue NE/NW is scheduled to last the majority of 2018. A detour route is clearly marked that includes using Sixth Avenue NE/NW for through traffic.

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

Crews are working in four separate areas of the bridge replacement project at the center of Minot, with demolition of the old west Broadway Bridge nearly complete. Lunda Construction is the general contractor on the job and has stated they are on schedule to complete the dual bridge replacement project by the target date of late fall 2018. Construction is focusing now on driving steel piling up to 150 feet into the ground, and pouring footings for the new bridge piers. Drivers are encouraged to pay close attention to the traffic signs and slow down in the construction zone. For the latest updates on the project, go to the City of Minot Facebook page. 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.

Downtown Infrastructure Project

Keller Paving will be performing warranty work in the downtown area this summer that will affect traffic flow. Beginning June 4, the block of 2nd Avenue SE between Main Street and 1st Street SE will be closed for about four days as Keller replaces concrete road panels. Keller will also be removing some curb and gutter and street panels on Main Street beginning at Central Avenue and moving south to Burdick Expressway over the next two weeks. Business access will remain open, but through traffic won’t be allowed as Keller works on a block-by-block basis. After the first two weeks of warranty repairs are completed, Keller and the City will work to schedule the remaining downtown warranty work throughout the summer.

U.S. 83 Bypass

There have been major changes to traffic flow in this area. The southeast off-ramp onto 4th Avenue and the bridge over 4th Avenue are closed to vehicle traffic for the next few weeks. Traffic has been rerouted around the bridge by using the on and off ramps on the west side of the Highway 2&52 bypass. Northbound and southbound traffic is now head-to-head on the west side of the bridge, and a four-way stop has been added where the off and on ramps intersect with 4th Avenue. The $13.5 million project includes the DOT and the City of Minot. The project includes new traffic signals at the intersection of the Bypass and 21st Avenue NW. The intersection has also been realigned, improving access to the apartments located west of the Bypass and providing improved access to the Bypass.

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 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.

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 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. The project is expected to take approximately two years to complete.

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

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