Construction Updates for downtown businesses

Ribbon cutting on Main Street marks end of 2016 work downtown
Post Date: Nov 22 2016
Downtown business owners and city representatives joined the Minot Area Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors in cutting the ribbon on Main Street today, to mark the completion of 2016 work on the Downtown Infrastructure Improvements Project Phase II. Nearly seven months of construction work nears an end with today’s event, as the general contractor, Keller Paving and Landscaping, completed underground and aboveground work in 13 blocks and 6 intersections this year.

“The impact and size of this year’s phase on Main Street and surrounding streets was substantial, to say the least,” said Lance Meyer, city engineer. “We are very appreciative that the downtown businesses and their patrons were patient and willing to work through the tougher times with us. The high-quality final product, both below ground in the form of new water, sanitary sewer and storm water mains and aboveground, with new concrete roads, street lights, streetscape elements, and sidewalks will serve our community well for decades to come.”



The amount of new, shared city infrastructure is a critical component of the overall Downtown Improvements Project. The work accomplished on Phase II in 2016 included the following items:   
  • 4,000 linear feet of water main
  • 2,600 linear feet of sanitary sewer main
  • 2,600 linear feet of storm sewer main
  • 4,000 cubic yards of concrete street pavement (approx. 450 truckloads)
  • 1,000 cubic yards of concrete sidewalk (approx. 110 truckloads)
  • 6,900 linear feet of concrete curb & gutter
  • 18,000 linear feet of electrical conduit
  • 56,000 linear feet of copper wire
  • 75 LED street lights
  • Connect more than 100 separate domestic water and sanitary sewer service lines
The Phase II construction portion of the project was awarded to Keller Paving and Landscaping at a cost of $8.88 million. In total, the three years of construction will likely cost between $28 million and $32 million. The three-year project is being funded by multiple sources, including the U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA) in the form of an $18 million disaster recovery grant, storm sewer and street lighting district special assessments, Community Development Block Grant-Disaster Recovery funds, utility bonds, the State Water Commission, sales tax flood control and general obligation bonds.

Two blocks of work that were scheduled to be completed under the Phase II (2016) contract on North Main Street and one block of First Avenue SW, by Bremer Bank and the Federal Courthouse, are being delayed until 2017 due to uncertainty of whether the project could be completed before the winter weather arrives.

The final phase of the Downtown Infrastructure Improvements Project is scheduled to be bid out in early 2017, with a contractor in place prior to the spring start for construction. That work in 2017 will focus primarily on First Street SW and Third Avenue SE/SW.

Stay aware of the latest information by following the project’s Facebook page or by receiving emails through the website Businesses and the public can also contact the public information team for the project at 857-7205, and ask for Mark Lyman or Bryan Obenchain.