More roadwork ahead

Minot motorists will see fewer major projects in 2019, although there still could be plenty of construction.

City Engineer Lance Meyer said the proposed 2019 budget includes a $1 million increase in spending for street maintenance “just to try to catch up.”

He will be presenting a Pavement Management Plan to the Minot City Council at its committee meeting Wednesday at 4:15 p.m. in City Hall.

“It shows that we need quite a bit more funding. Right now we have to balance that with all the other initiatives we have in the city,” he said. “That will eventually be a decision the council will have to make as to how much investment they want to make.”

Minot has had a practice of extending its maintenance schedule beyond the recommendations, although the result can be more costly repairs.

“Timing that maintenance correctly will save money in the long run,” Meyer said.

To best launch an improved maintenance program, the city hired a firm that traveled the streets with sophisticated technologies to assess the condition of the roadways. The city now has that data from which to develop its maintenance schedule.

Going forward, the engineering department’s intention is to manually assess different segments of the city on a schedule that will keep the entire city’s street status updated every five or six years, Meyer said.

The city also hopes in 2019 to sealcoat major arterials, such as West Burdick Expressway, that have been paved in recent years.

Residents could see larger construction projects again in 2020.

The summer-long rehabilitation of Burdick Expressway through downtown from First Street Southwest to the Burdick Viaduct has been programmed for that year. The work will include replacing the pedestrian signal at First Street Southeast with a pedestrian crossing more like the one installed across Burdick near the zoo. It also will update the traffic signal at Third Street.

Also in 2020, the city plans to build out 31st Avenue South from Broadway to 13th Street, creating a three-lane concrete street with shared use path and LED lighting. The $7.5 million project currently is in design.

A storm sewer project south of Dakota Square Mall – along 10th Street south of 31st Avenue – is planned in 2020 to address flooding that’s causing deterioration of the roadway. The project would be partially special assessed to neighboring property owners.