Construction Updates for downtown businesses

Ribbon cutting on Main Street marks end of massive 3-year downtown revitalization project
Post Date: Oct 09 2017
Downtown business owners and city representatives joined federal and state dignitaries today in celebrating the conclusion of three years of work on the complete Downtown Infrastructure Improvements Project. The project is the largest reconstruction effort in the City’s history, as three prime contractors executed work within 26 city blocks that fully replaced or upgraded all city infrastructure in the public right-of-way downtown. The massive effort included replacing miles of water, sanitary sewer and storm sewer pipes, concrete paved streets, curbs and gutters, sidewalks, benches, trash receptacles, and street lighting in areas where some of the infrastructure was between 75 and 100 years old.

Dignitaries at today’s event included U.S. Senator John Hoeven (R-N.D.), U.S. Senator Heidi Heitkamp (D-N.D.), U.S. Congressman Kevin Cramer (R-N.D.), North Dakota Lt. Governor Brent Sanford, Minot Mayor Chuck Barney and others

In total, the three years of construction, as well as engineering and construction management will cost approximately $34.75 million. The 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, a Community Development Block Grant-Disaster Recovery fund of $4.34 million, $1.25 million in State Water Commission funds, as well as storm sewer and street lighting district special assessments, utility bonds, and state surge funding. 

“We are so very grateful for the federal and state support that we received on this project,” said Mayor Chuck Barney. “Without that level of commitment from the North Dakota Congressional Delegation, the State Water Commission and others we wouldn’t have been able to pull off this project and our downtown public infrastructure would have continued to suffer as a result. Thank you to all those who helped make this a reality.”

“After years of effort, we have a rebuilt and revitalized downtown in Minot,” said Hoeven. “This project stands as a sign of the Magic City’s strength and resilience. We worked hard to bring the federal dollars through CDBG and EDA to support these updates to the city, and we appreciate the efforts of all of the local officials and community members in making this a reality. We continue moving forward on flood protection efforts to provide security and prosperity for families and businesses throughout the region.”

“Today’s ribbon cutting reinforces what we can accomplish when everyone works together,” said Heitkamp. “This sweeping project will provide critical infrastructure improvements for Minot and its residents that will benefit the community for years to come. I look forward to seeing Minot continue to grow and remain a wonderful place for North Dakota families and businesses.”

"Once again, Minot is demonstrating a spirit that has come to define this community,” said Cramer. “Getting federal support for projects like this is made easier when we have state and local partners who step up and demonstrate the type of can-do attitude Minot and North Dakota have since the epic flood."

“The completion of this project is a historic milestone for Minot, and it’s an opportunity to lead the state and be a shining example of smart, efficient infrastructure – a key tenet of the Main Street Initiative,” said Sanford. “By maximizing this infrastructure through mixed-use and infill projects, Minot will continue to build a healthy, vibrant community that will benefit and attract businesses, residents and visitors for many years to come.”

“The impact and size of this entire project 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 above ground, 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 all three phases of the project included the following items:   
  • 12,974 linear feet of water main
  • 9,157 linear feet of sanitary sewer main
  • 10,827 linear feet of storm sewer main
  • 12,912 cubic yards of concrete street pavement (approx. 1,300 truckloads)
  • 3,311 cubic yards of concrete sidewalk (approx. 335 truckloads)
  • 3,298 cubic yards of concrete curb and gutter (approx. 330 truckloads)
  • 143,293 linear feet of electrical wire (more than 27 miles!)
  • 157 LED street lights
  • 84 benches
  • 32 trash receptacles
  • 18 bike racks
  • 826 sign posts
  • Connect 156 separate domestic water service lines and 254 sanitary sewer service lines
The timeline, scope of work, and associated contractors and engineers are as follows:

Engineering Design/Construction Management – Awarded to HMjv (a joint venture between Houston Engineering, Inc. & MWH Global), the 18-month-long design started in late 2013.

Phase I work (2015 and spring 2016) improved the public right-of-way along Central Avenue, 1st Avenue Southeast, Front Street and other streets in the northeast/east sections of downtown. Phase I was accomplished under a contract with Strata Corporation, with headquarters in Grand Forks, N.D.

Phase 2 work (2016 and spring 2017) focused primarily on the five blocks of Main Street, and roads near the center of Main Street, including First Avenue, Second Avenue and First Street SE. Phase 2 work was finished under a contract with Keller Paving and Landscaping from Minot, N.D.

Phase 3 work (2017) covered the remaining blocks, primarily in the southern and western sections of the downtown, including Third Avenue and First Street SW. Phase 3 work was awarded to Wagner Construction of International Falls, MN.  

Overall Project Construction – May 11, 2015 was the start of Phase I; Phase 3 construction finished September 21, 2017.

Information to the nearly 200 impacted businesses and hundreds of residents who live downtown was done through Facebook, a project website, www.downtownminotisopen.com or in face-to-face meetings by Odney and Houston Engineering. For additional questions or concerns, contact the public information team for the project at 857-7205, and ask for Mark Lyman or Brekka Kramer.
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