The new Northeast Bypass around Minot is now open to all motorists, as this afternoon the intersection at 27th Street NE and 46th Avenue NE was resigned to reflect the big change for traffic.
"With new stop signs in place for northbound and southbound traffic at this intersection we would urge drivers to please pay close attention to this change," said Jeff McElwain, project engineer for the 55th Street NE Bypass/Bridge. "With the bypass now open to traffic this becomes the dominant arterial road in northeast Minot, much like the U.S. Highway 83 bypass on the northwest side of town."
An official ribbon cutting for the seven-mile stretch of road is scheduled to take place Wednesday, October 3. With funding for the project coming from federal, state, county and city funds the project represents a true collaboration to accomplish a road designed to alleviate traffic going through Minot.
The northeast bypass was made as a result of upgrades to County Road 10A, 46th Avenue N.E., and 55th Street N.E. Gladen Construction from Laporte, Minn. was the prime contractor responsible for this portion of the 55th Street NE Bypass/Bridge project.
Work continues on the bridge portion of the complete project, as crews poured a second deck of concrete this week and plan to finish the last deck pour on the bridge in early October, weather permitting. This portion of the full project is scheduled to be complete in 2013.
The City of Minot, Ward County and the North Dakota Department of Transportation are all partners in the 55th Street NE Bypass Project.
Weekly public information meetings related to the bridge will continue to be held for the 55th Street NE Bypass Project at the Ames Construction trailer at the intersection of County Road 12 and 55th Street NE at 11 a.m. until the middle of October. The public is encouraged to e-mail email@example.com or to contact the public information coordinator Brekka Kramer at 701.720.5798 for more information.