The North Dakota Department of Transportation (NDDOT), in cooperation with the Federal Highway Administration and the city of Minot, is proposing to replace the existing U.S. 83 Broadway Bridges in the heart of Minot. In preparation for planned 2017/2018 construction, the environmental documentation and design work on replacing the existing bridge is currently under way.
This project is important to residents in Minot and travelers in north central North Dakota, as the five-lane urban roadway carries approximately 30,000 vehicles per day. The two-lane southbound bridge was built in 1962, the northbound bridge was added in 1971. These bridges remain safe for drivers, but are nearing the end of their estimated life expectancy and the NDDOT plans to proactively replace the bridges.
Potential Project Timeline
The development of the design concepts and environmental documentation is anticipated to take about eight months to complete. The detailed engineering design and preparation of construction documents will follow environmental clearances and are expected to be completed in the fall of 2016. If these timelines remain in place, construction is anticipated to happen during the 2017 and 2018 construction seasons.
The public is encouraged to be involved in the current and on-going process of helping to develop the look and feel of the new U.S. 83 Broadway Bridge. An anticipated early June public meeting will be a prime opportunity for members of the general public to make their opinions heard. In the meantime, designers and engineers will be working with city officials, local businesses and community leaders to get an early start on potential design concepts.
If you have additional questions or simply wish to comment about the design of the U.S. 83 Broadway Bridge, please call Mark Lyman at 701-857-7205 or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org
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Why does the Broadway Bridge need to be replaced? Is it safe?
Yes, the bridge is safe. Some early signs of deterioration were noticed during a recent inspection of the underbody of the bridge and this caused the NDDOT to upgrade the project from a previously planned deck replacement to a bridge replacement. As NDDOT looked at the cost to continue maintenance on the existing bridge, it was economically apparent to build a new bridge.
Who is going to pay for these new bridges?
Pending the availability of Federal Funds, a cost share between the NDDOT, the Federal Highway Administration and the City of Minot will pay for the cost of rebuilding these bridges. An early estimate on the potential construction cost of these bridges is between $20 million and $25 million.
When can I expect to see construction on the bridges? And will the bridge be closed during construction?
It is NDDOT’s plan that the design and engineering portions of the project be finalized in time to allow for construction to occur during the 2017 and 2018 seasons. It is expected that one-half of the bridge will be closed down per construction season, allowing one lane of traffic in each direction on a portion of the bridge while construction is under way on the other side.
How can I be involved with how these bridges look and are designed?
A Public Input Meeting will be held on Tuesday, June 2, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Minot City Auditorium, room 201. This is a prime opportunity for members of the general public to make their opinions heard. The Public Input Meeting will utilize an open house format with a formal presentation at 5:30 p.m. The Public Input Meeting will provide opportunity to comment on the proposed design. Representatives from the City of Minot, NDDOT, and Burns and McDonnell will be on hand to answer questions and discuss concerns.