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Demers Avenue Project

Demers Avenue Project

The North Dakota Department of Transportation (NDDOT), in cooperation with the Federal Highway Administration and the City of Grand Forks, are proposing two projects in the heart of Grand Forks. The projects are on 5th Street and Demers Avenue which make up the US Highway 2 Business Loop. The business loop connects downtown Grand Forks to US Highway 2 (Gateway Drive).

Demers Avenue Project

The proposed project will start at the 6th Street intersection and end at the Sorlie Bridge. Two strategy options are being considered, one being a mill and overlay, which would involve milling off a portion of the existing bituminous pavement and replacing it with new bituminous pavement, while the other option is to reconstruct Demers Ave. Reconstruction would involve removing everything within the roadway corridor, including the sidewalk, and replacing it.

Each option offers its own advantages and disadvantages. Milling and overlaying Demers Avenue is a less expensive option and the pavement work can be completed in 1-2 weeks, but it doesn’t allow for any layout changes and only has a design life of 10 years. Reconstruction on the other hand would allow for layout changes and has a design life of 30 years, but is more expensive and would take 6 months or more to complete. Some of the potential layout changes that could be done with reconstruction are curb extensions, bicycle lanes, wider sidewalks, and removing parking. There will be an opportunity with either option to include aesthetic improvements such as park benches, planters, landscaping, etc.

Through preliminary meetings with various agencies and groups, four alternatives for Demers Ave have been developed. These alternatives are in no way finalized and will be changed based off of comments received through the completion of the public input meeting scheduled for January of 2018. Please click on the alternative to review the corresponding design layout.

Alternative 1 - Mill and Overlay

This alternative would remove and replace some of the existing pavement as well as replacing any sidewalk curb ramps that don’t meet current standards.

Alternative 2 – Reconstruction Option A

This reconstruction alternative has a very similar layout to the existing Demers Ave. Optional curb extensions are shown at the 3rd St, 4th St, and 5th St intersections and because of the curb extensions the right turn lanes at each intersection are eliminated.

Alternative 3 – Reconstruction Option B

This reconstruction alternative shows the optional curb extensions and elimination of right turn lanes as in Alternative 2, but also includes removing one lane of parking and adding bicycle lanes on Demers Ave.

Alternative 4 - Reconstruction Option C

This reconstruction alternative shows the optional curb extensions and elimination of right turn lanes as in Alternatives 2 & 3, but also includes removing one lane of parking and widening the sidewalks on Demers Ave.

3D Alternative Models

View a 3D model of each alternative. Select the alternative you wish to view on the bottom and click through the various view point available.

5th Street Project

The project strategy for 5th Street will be to mill and overlay the roadway. As discussed under Demers Ave, it will involve milling off some of the existing bituminous pavement and replacing it with new asphalt pavement as well as replacing any sidewalk curb ramps that don’t meet current standards.

Project Timeline

  • April – May 2017
    • Individual/Small Group Stakeholder Meetings
  • May – June 2017
    • Develop/Draw Alternatives
  • July 2017
    • Group Stakeholder Meeting – Review & refine alternatives that are developed from the input of individual and small group stakeholder meetings.
  • January 2018
    1. Public Input Meeting – Present alternatives to general public for comments.
  • February 2018
    1. City Council Decision - A document detailing each alternative as well as the comments received will be circulated for a formal vote from the Grand Forks City Council. The document will then go the NDDOT Deputy Director of Engineering for final approval.
  • February 2018 - September 2018
    • Environmental Documentation & Project Design
  • November 2018
    • Tentative Project Bid Date (Subject to Funding Availability)
  • Summer 2019
    • Project Construction (Subject to Funding Availability)

Funding

The projects will be federal aid eligible, which covers approximately 80% of the project costs, with the remaining 20% being shared by the State of North Dakota and the City of Grand Forks. Aesthetic improvements may be eligible for project funding if approved by the NDDOT. Any cost for aesthetic improvements beyond those approved as well as any city utility work will have to be paid for with 100% city funds.

Comments

If you have any questions or wish to comment on the projects, please call Michael Wilz at 701-328-4457 or email him at mwilz@nd.gov.