55th Street bridge construction resumes soon

Minot, Ward County and state officials are working with contractors to resume work in mid-May on the 55th Street Northeast Bridge project, completing one of the area’s largest road projects this summer.

The bridge will carry traffic over the Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railroad mainline track, existing yard tracks and additional proposed yard tracks. In 2013, construction crews expect to finish detail work on the bridge, pave access roads to the east and west of the bridge, finish the retaining wall and complete the north and south portions of the new 55th Street to connect with existing roadways.

“With spring weather finally here, we are getting a start in the next week on the last few months of work with the bridge portion of this project,” said Jeff McElwain, project engineer with Ackerman-Estvold. “With the completion of the Northeast Bypass last fall and the expected summer time completion of the 55th Street Bridge, this will provide some much needed relief to traffic concerns on the northeast side of town, as well as allow for additional growth to continue taking place in our region.”

Due to finishing work on the bridge and adjoining roads, 55th Street will be closed to through traffic starting the week of May 20 and continuing until July. Signs will detour traffic around the project using 27th Street. The driving public is encouraged to exercise extra caution throughout the construction zone to ensure their safety and the safety of the crews.

The City of Minot, Ward County and the North Dakota Department of Transportation are all partners in the 55th Street Northeast Bridge and Bypass project. Ames Construction of Burnsville, Minn., is the project’s prime contractor and Ackerman-Estvold Engineering is project engineer for the bridge and bypass project.

Weekly public information meetings will be held starting the week of May 20th. The public also is encouraged to visit (www.minotroads.com), email info@minotroads.com or contact public information coordinator Brekka Kramer at 720-5798 for more information.