Public comments sought in Minot transportation study

Ideas for alleviating traffic congestion on Broadway while building a system of arterial streets and bypasses to serve Minot into the future will be among the topics of discussion at a series of public meetings that begin Thursday.

The first meeting for the 2035 Minot Transportation Plan will be held Thursday, from 5 to 7 p.m., in Minot City Hall. The open house format will allow for informal discussion, questions and answers. There will be a presentation at 5:30 p.m., after which staff and officials from the respective governing agencies and consultant team will be available to visit with the public.

Information and graphics will be displayed, outlining the project process and schedule as well as existing conditions and traffic analysis work done to date. Public comments will be sought on the information.

Long-range transportation planning began in May 2013 as a cooperative effort among the City of Minot, Ward County and the North Dakota Department of Transportation. The study is funded 80 percent by the state and 20 percent by the city and will look at transportation inside Minot and its growth area.

With the assistance of SRF Consulting Group, some of the activities that will take place as part the planning include an evaluation of existing conditions, forecasting of year 2035 traffic conditions, completion of planning and future roadway network analysis and development of implementation and funding strategies.

All pertinent materials will be available for public inspection at the open house. Written comments will be accepted by the consultant until Jan. 1. Written comments can be submitted to SRF Consulting Group, 1105-16th St. SW, Minot, N.D. 58701, or by email at cvaughn@srfconsulting.com. All public comments received will be reviewed and considered by the project team and will be included in the final project documentation.