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Minot 55th Street Northeast Bypass Project underway for 2012
Post Date: Apr 09 2012
Tags: 55th Street BypassJeff McElwain
Minot 55th Street Northeast Bypass Project underway for 2012

Contractors and construction crews, along with Minot, Ward County and state officials, are getting an early start to the 2012 construction season on one of the area's largest projects, the 55th Street Northeast Bypass. Gladen Construction, from Laporte, MN, and Ames Construction, out of Burnsville, MN, are the project's prime contractors and are available for weekly public meetings starting Tuesday, April 10.

Ackerman-Estvold Engineering is the project engineer for the $17.1 million endeavor that will change the landscape of northeast Minot.

"We were able to get a lot done on this project in 2011 with a mild fall and it looks like Mother Nature is going to allow us to get a relatively early start for the 2012 season," said Jeff McElwain, project engineer with Ackerman-Estvold. "The 55th Street Bridge and the Northeast Bypass should provide some much needed relief to traffic concerns on that side of town, as well as allow for additional growth to take place should the city need to expand in that direction."

The Northeast Bypass will be made as a result of upgrades to County Road 10A, 46th Avenue NE, and 55th Street NE. Gladen Construction is in charge of this portion of the project.

The 55th Street Northeast Grade Separation over Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railroad will provide a bridge structure to carry traffic over the BNSF mainline track, existing yard tracks and additional proposed yard tracks to be constructed north of the existing tracks. Ames Construction is the crew responsible for this section.

Weekly public information meetings will be held for the 55th Street project. Starting Tuesday, April 17 the meeting will be held at the Ames Construction Trailer, located at the intersection of 55th Street NE and County Road 12 (4th Avenue NE) at 11 a.m.

Due to work along these roads, there will be intermittent closures. Traffic is encouraged to take appropriate detours as signage on the project directs. As a reminder, the driving public is encouraged to exercise extra caution throughout the construction zone to ensure their safety and the safety of the crews.

The City of Minot, Ward County and the NDDOT are all partners in the 55th Street Northeast Bypass project.

The public is encouraged to visit, email or to contact the public information coordinator Brekka Kramer at 701.720.5798 or Mark Lyman at 701.857.7205 for more information.