Highway 83 CHS SunPrairie project under way

Submitted Photo On Aug. 30, workers began pouring the concrete for the mat slab for the elevator at the U.S. Highway 83 CHS SunPrairie project. Roughly 160 loads of concrete were hauled in for pouring over a 13 to 14-hour window.

LANSFORD – CHS SunPrairie new facility sits on 180 acres along U.S. Highway 83 near Lansford.

Jeremy Burkhart, project manager, said the new facility will have a 120-car loop track, and the facility itself will be a concrete six-pack with capacity of 920,000 bushels.

“It will have two unload pits and also two scales (an inbound and an outbound) so we should be able to dump a truck in under 5 minutes.” He said cleaner capacity will be 10,000 bu per hour.

“We felt the facility will fill a void in the area for our producer owners as most of them haul up to 30 miles one way to sell their grain. And also the congestion in Minot makes it hard for our patrons north of Minot to deliver grain to our Minot location,” Burkhart said.

“The site was selected because it is right off a major state highway that is an unrestricted road,” Burkhart said.

The contractor building the elevator is Vigen Construction, the dirtwork contractor is Farden Construction and the track is being built by Northern Plains rail services, according to Burkhart.

The track will likely be 100 percent complete in the first part of October. The scales will be installed 100 percent, the elevator itself should be getting slipped sometime the first part of October.

Completion of the facility will be sometime in May 2018, Burkhart said.