The first of three major deck pours to form the driving surface of a new 1,100-foot-long bridge in northeast Minot began Tuesday. Crews from Ames Construction began pouring and forming concrete that will provide the top of the 55th Street Northeast Bypass bridge. This step marks a milestone for the work being done in 2012. Jeff McElwain, project engineer, said another six weeks of work is anticipated before closing for the season. The bridge and connecting roads will be finished in 2013. The concrete poured on Tuesday will take two weeks to cure before the forms can be removed. Weather permitting, crews will be able to make a second deck pour around Sept. 25. The road alongside the bridge remains open to both lanes of traffic on 55th Street. The driving public should exercise caution throughout the construction zone to ensure their safety and the safety of the crews. The City of Minot, Ward County and the North Dakota Department of Transportation are partners in the 55th Street Northeast Bypass and bridge project.