It's been about a year since plans for the Port of North Dakota expansion in Minot project started and now those plans are coming to fruition.
Gary Brode visited with a member of the Minot Area Development Corporation to find out when construction will begin and what's in store for this massive project.
Expansion for the Port of North Dakota project in Minot is set to begin soon.
With careful planning and some guidance from its major partners Burlington Northern Railroad and port services, the thought of beginning construction for the Intermodal Staging of the project has one member of the MADC excited.
(Matthew Kramer, Chairperson, Minot Area Development Corporation) "We're ready to go. We've got all the engineering done and so as soon as we can attain funding for the project and we can start site prep. Once the land is ready for us then we can get going."
That funding is $3.4 million dollars for rail and site preparation OK'd from the MAGIC Fund.
This small section of the large-scale project will take about a year for site prep and rail to be placed down.
Companies will also begin their own site preparation at the same time.
Installing 7,800 linear feet of rail to service about 5 parcels of land as you could imagine takes time and careful deliberation.
(Matthew Kramer, Chairperson, Minot Area Development Corporation) "It's such a large complicated project to put together. We have to make sure that, these are sort of the initial phases of it, so we have to get these right so that we can avoid problems, two, three, four, five years down the road."
While he could not say what companies will be involved, Kramer says the projects are diverse.
Increased distribution needs of not only oil, but North Dakota's agricultural products are the reason for the multi-million dollar project... located on the outskirts of Northeast Minot.
(Matthew Kramer, Chairperson, Minot Area Development Corporation) "People are looking to move those products in a more reasonable fashion and rails are a good way to do that. So this larger project developed around what was the Minot Ag Park, so we've been able to meld the two into one large process."
Kramer believes the rail road system is currently the best approach to import and export goods to various ports
With the soon to be, newest addition to energy production in Minot, he may not be the only one who believes this.
In Minot, Gary Brode, KX News.
Kramer thinks there will be activity in the area this summer and the entire project could take upwards of a decade.