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Several major construction projects in the Minot area continue to make progress, and impact vehicle traffic.
Flood control Phase MI-2-3:
Crews will close 16th Street SW to traffic beginning Aug. 8 for approximately two or three weeks while paving is completed for the northbound lanes. Main water distribution lines are being rerouted through the floodwall closure and work continues on completing the levee work. The Perkett storm pump station testing will be done in mid-August.
Flood control Phase MI-1:
-Roadway work in the Broadway/Fourth Avenue intersection is substantially complete. The intersection is at three lanes of traffic now, due to other city roadwork just north of this intersection.-Park Construction has opened the portion of Fourth Avenue NW west of the Broadway intersection to most traffic. Vehicles coming from the west will be able to go north or south at this intersection, and vehicles northbound/southbound on Broadway will be able to turn west on to Fourth Avenue NW.
-Work continues to get the intersection completely open, including in front of Sammy's Pizza on or around the beginning of September.
-Concrete pours continue on the Broadway Pump Station. The underground sub-contractor plans to place more box culverts toward the end of this month.
-Floodwall footings have now reached four blocks past Broadway, to approximately First Street NE. The vertical portion of the floodwall pours will continue for most of the rest of the year.
Asphalt overlay on North Broadway is complete, and contractor is doing concrete work on Broadway – currently working on section from 5th Ave NW to 11th Ave NW. Additional segments will be worked on throughout the remainder of the summer, with various single lane closures associated with this project.
Minot Water Treatment Plant:
Precast walls for the $26 million expansion project have been set, along with the building’s roof structure. The project is expected to be complete in early 2020, with the new facility being in use by mid-2020. The project will double the daily capacity at Minot’s Water Treatment Plant. The 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.
Northwest Bypass project
The Department of Transportation project continues on the west edge of Minot, and there will be several upcoming construction changes that will alter vehicle and pedestrian accessibility.
-Southbound off-ramp traffic to 4th Ave NW will be changed from the current exit to a new location just south of 19th Ave NW at a signed and marked exit. This is approximately 3000 feet north of the current exit. It will follow the new road to 4th Ave NW for about a week until the ramp traffic is joined by both northbound and southbound traffic on the new road. This off-ramp will be in use until the new road is open, at which time traffic will be restored to the permanent pattern. This route change began Aug. 2.
-On Aug. 11, all northbound and southbound traffic will move to the new highway between the 4th Ave NW bridge and 19th Ave NW. There will be marked and signed traffic control to direct traffic from the existing 2-lane road at median crossovers to what in the future will be the southbound lane. This will be in place until late October while the future northbound lane is being regraded to match the height of the new road being used temporarily by both lanes of travel in this area.
-On Aug. 12, the underpass at 4th Ave NW will be closed to through traffic from 7 p.m. until approximately midnight to allow for the safe setting of the structural beams on the new bridge. There will be a complete road closure of 4th Ave NW at the exit and entrance ramps, with a flag person directing traffic to use the existing on and off ramps and whatever route travelers wish to use to travel either eastbound or west bound. No travel will be allowed in this area while bridge beams are being set overhead. This is for safety due to the overhead activity of the large bridge beams.
-On Aug. 13-14, there will be alternating one-way traffic in the underpass on 4th Ave NW as overhead work continues to build a protective canopy over the roadway. There will be flag people directing traffic in each direction. Traffic can expect to experience brief delays in each direction while being directed for safe travel of workers and the public.
There will be additional changes in traffic patterns as work continues, particularly in the area of the bridges at 4th Ave NW. These changes will be managed with proper traffic control procedures and maintenance.
All projects and project schedules are constantly changing depending on many variables. Please refer to the Construction and Projects webpage for the latest information: https://www.minotnd.org/436/Construction-and-Projects