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Summer Means More Road Construction

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On your daily commute, you may come across a few road blocks.

Literally.

Steph Scheurer shows us the summer construction that's in full swing.

"Pretty much everywhere you go around town there's some construction. It's pretty much the same way around the state. Especially up in the oil fields. Nonstop construction everywhere."

"I'm taking different routes. Now that I see that the Civic Center is expanding I'll probably have to start taking third street and not fifth just because, well, I don't want to get a flat tire from nails on my bike."

It's the middle of summer, and we all know that with summer comes more road construction.

For some, that can mean inconvenience and a little added frustration having to take different routes to get to your destination.

"Detour, detour, detour, detour. I mean this community ain't that big. But yes, save the roads."

And saving the roads is exactly what Dale Heinert helps to do.

With the Bismarck population growth, he they went from having 50 contracts in 2011 to 80 in 2012.

"Planning probably starts three, four, five years earlier. Financial planning as well as integrity of the road and looking at its defects, deficiencies, how fast is it going to deteriorate more that we really should do this. Do we think it's going to fall apart and have to reconstruct. Or could we do a minor repair or mill and overlay to extend its life," says Dale Heinert, Design & Construction Engineer.

Heinert says construction projects generally begin in late spring, and crews typically finish by the following mid summer.

"So we have over a year for 7 million dollar job and 150 blocks to finish them. Because we really don't think we can finish them in one year because of the type of work. The last thing we do is chip seal, and it has to be hot for that," says Heinert.

Even though some might wish the construction would hit the road, others stay positive.

"I do appreciate the road construction. It means the economy must be okay."

In Bismarck for KX News, I'm Stephanie Scheurer.

Heinert says later this summer, they will do master planning for construction plans within the next five years.

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