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55th Street / NE Bypass - Minot/Ward County, ND
Tags: 55th streetbypassminotndoverpassward county
Services provided:
  • Feasibility study
  • Preliminary surveying
  • Right-of-way acquisition & platting
  • Design engineering
  • On-site wetland mitigation
  • Construction surveying
  • Construction engineering
The City of Minot and Ward County, North Dakota, retained Ackerman-Estvold in 2007 to conduct a feasibility study to analyze three potential grade separation locations over the Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway in northeast Minot. The need for a grade-separated crossing was established by numerous factors including continued development of truck traffic-generating facilities north of the BNSF tracks, BNSF’s proposed expansion of their adjacent Gavin Yard fueling depot and car inspection facility, the need for improved safety and an unimpeded emergency vehicle through-route, and the necessitation of a northeast bypass route to primarily service truck traffic around the City of Minot.
Upon determination of the 55th Street location for a grade separation, the Ackerman-Estvold  / Ackerman Surveying team prepared a project concept report for this project and the adjacent Northeast Bypass, and subsequently worked diligently to complete project design to ensure federal funding through a TIGER II grant. The project, which will provide a bridge structure to carry traffic over the BNSF mainline track, two existing yard tracks and three additional proposed yard tracks to be constructed, also includes widening and paving of the Northeast Bypass. Improvements on this approximately 8-mile project include grading, paving, guardrail, signing, pavement markings, lighting, storm sewer, sanitary sewer, watermain, and the overpass structure. Construction began in late 2011 with a majority of the bypass roadway project work completed in 2012, and  miscellaneous work finished in 2013. The overpass bridge work was also completed in 2013.