Construction Updates for downtown businesses

First two blocks of downtown open to the driving public
Post Date: Aug 09 2016
One block of Main Street and one block of First Avenue SE are now open to the driving public in downtown Minot. These two blocks are the first full sections open to traffic during this construction season, Phase II of the Downtown Infrastructure Improvements Project.

“The city is happy to see that the overall project seems to be going in a better direction and the contractors are starting to push harder to pave and finish major sections of downtown,” said Lance Meyer, City Engineer. “If things go well and there are no unexpected snags we would hope that even more roads would open up before the end of August. The finished product is turning out to be quite nice, a much-needed upgrade from the old underground infrastructure as well as the roads and sidewalks.”

The general contractor, Keller Paving and Landscaping, Inc., has a tight schedule in place that keeps them very busy over the next three weeks. This is in anticipation of finishing more roads and sidewalks on and around Main Street prior to a street dance and the free Festival on Main by the Downtown Business and Professional Association Aug. 19 and 20. Construction work is also reaching a critical point to get as many roads and sidewalks open around the Central Campus High School prior to school starting on Aug. 24.

“We recognize that getting these roads open in time for these key dates is important to many in our community. The contractor also realizes that and has committed to working a tougher schedule to try and make up time and accomplish just that,” said Meyer.

Stay aware of the latest information by following the project’s Facebook page or by receiving the latest information through the website, www.downtownminotisopen.com. As well, businesses and residents are encouraged to attend weekly public meetings with the City of Minot, the project engineering firm, and the contractor on Mondays at approximately 2:15 p.m. These meetings are located at Houston Engineering, at 18 Third Street SE in Minot.

Media, impacted businesses and the public can also contact the public information team for the project at 857-7205, and ask for Mark Lyman or Bryan Obenchain.
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