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Don't delay 21st Avenue updgrades

August 1, 2013

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Aug-03-13 3:18 PM

Regardless, why is walmart the only company that has to do intersection upgrades when building?

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Aug-01-13 1:06 PM

So if the city MAKES Wal-Mart put in signals and upgrade intersections, why didn't they do the same with Marketplace Foods? They generate almost as much traffic but yet the local guy doesn't have to pay for upgrades on intersections their stores impact? As for this "pool of funds", where are my tax dollars going if we are looking at another increase for schools, have potholed roads, a meager police force and fire dept, etc.?

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Aug-01-13 10:25 AM

There is a lot that goes into projects within a city. There is no unlimited pool of funds to pull from and a lot of times, funding sources involved with a project will not allow a project to continue if bids come in too high, otherwise they could lose that funding. It's unfortunate that sometimes projects have to wait, but the city's hands are tied a lot of the time. They're definitely doing their best though, especially with all of the extra people in town now, it's hard to keep up with every area that needs improvement. I do agree that maybe some temporary lights would help, that's a scary intersection!

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Aug-01-13 9:14 AM

Two points I'd like to raise: 1)how are the city engineers consistently mid-bidding these projects?(this and the parking ramps downtown) and 2) these are the kind of things that keep Minot from ever being in the realm of a Bismarck or Fargo (although we try to act like it). They had a whole year to make this improvement and didn't so now everyone gets to deal with another traffic issue. Between this and now the openings at Sonic and Gordmann's the entire stretch of 16th street is now a ####show.

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Aug-01-13 7:41 AM

One can't expect a proactive approach from the collective reactive mindset of the city government. They continue to act as if they are in shock. Safety in all areas whether it be traffic, flood control, or environmental concerns seems to be the least of their concerns and should be the focus of their decisions.

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