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Downtown Minot is Open!
An early start to the construction season and a relatively dry spring are allowing for two separate contractors to stay on schedule for work in downtown Minot.
Wagner Construction is the contractor on the Third Phase of the Downtown Infrastructure Improvements Project, and with crews working in three separate areas they are moving quickly on underground work. As of early June they are close to getting new concrete down to form the roadways on Second Street NE, Second Street SE and two blocks of Third Avenue SE.
Since the working is progressing well the contractor is pushing forward on underground work to be done on this final phase of the project. As of late May, they added blocks in the southwest corner of downtown. This includes milling up the roads by Trinity Health Center West - along First Street SW and Third Avenue SW and preparing them for underground work. On this phase of the project Wagner Construction will replace 3,500 linear feet of water main, 1,900 linear feet of sanitary sewer and 2,300 linear feet of storm sewer pipes. The 2017 portion of the project will also connect dozens of domestic water and sanitary sewer service lines, place concrete streets, curb and gutter, and sidewalks, and install new street lighting within 12 city blocks and two intersections of Downtown Minot.
For work that was carried over from the 2016 contract with Keller Paving, the contractor planned on starting placing concrete in early June on the block of First Avenue SW by Bremer Bank and the Federal Courthouse. The last block remaining on their contract is one block of North Main Street. Work in this area is moving about 10 days behind work on First Avenue SW. Both of these blocks should be open by the end of June or early July.  
Drivers are asked to pay close attention to the construction signage when coming to downtown. Some of the best ways to get downtown are by using Main Street off Burdick Expressway, Second Avenue from either side of downtown, and Central Avenue from the west side of downtown.
Funding for this project comes from a variety of sources. The U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA) agreed in May 2013 to award $18 million in disaster recovery grant funding that will be matched by approximately $4.9 million in funds from a street light assessment district and storm sewer assessment district, $5 million in CDBG-DR funding and $1.7 million from North Dakota.
If you are looking for additional construction information, including maps on the current construction zone and a business directory on how best to access a specific location downtown go to www.downtownminotisopen.com. You can also contact the public information officer for the project at 857-7205, and ask for Mark Lyman.
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