The U.S. Highway 83 Bypass will see improvements next year. Representatives of the North Dakota Department of Transportation will hold a public meeting Thursday in Minot to explain the construction plans.
The open house format runs from 5 to 7 p.m. in the Vegas Motel. A presentation will be held at 5:30 p.m.
The more than $10 million project will consist of milling about an inch of pavement and adding four to five inches of new pavement over the entire five miles of the bypass, said Bob Allen, assistant district engineer.
The most significant aspect of the project will be an additional left-turn lane off the bypass onto U.S. Highway 2 & 52, he said. The extra turn lane will facilitate the moving of more traffic to avoid congestion at that intersection.
The cable signal system also will be replaced with a mast arm style. Additional alignment changes at that intersection will improve exiting onto the bypass by eastbound and westbound traffic.
The project is expected to create traffic disruption for about month next summer, depending on construction conditions.