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Construction Season Continues

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Construction projects in the city of Minot are in full force.

Those underway right now are the last of the CITY planned projects for the 2013 year.

Deadlines are coming up in October, but as Jennifer Thorgramson tells us, 'Mother Nature' also has deadlines that may be more pressing than those on paper.

North Dakota is notorious for having two seasons: winter is close on our heels, which means the race is on for this season.

"It's everywhere."

"It's awful."

"Detour, and detour, and detour until you get where you're going."

But there is light at the end of the tunnel.

(Stephanie Frizzo, City Traffic Engineer) "Pretty much every major project for this construction season is already started so they're full force right now."

"It's like they had the whole summer and they waited until September to do everything."

City Traffic Engineer Stephanie Frizzo says the late spring and excess of rain slowed projects and it just happened that many main arteries have closed early in September.

(Stephanie Frizzo, City Traffic Engineer) "The last couple of weeks have shown a lot of closures. Some of them were emergency projects, emergency repairs. Some of them were contractors coming in from private entities and others were city construction projects that are on tight timelines."

Minot Public Information Officer Bob Lindee has started a 'construction projects list' that will be updated every Friday and can be found on the city website or facebook page.

Lindee says right now, the list only includes city projects, those completed by the North Dakota Department of Transportation, Ward County or private contractors are not included.

He hopes to improve on the list to include at least the DOT projects next year, before the Broadway Bridge construction starts in 2014.

But for this construction season, the count down is on.

(Stephanie Frizzo, City Traffic Engineer) "Most of these projects have October 1 deadlines. It's crunch time right now unfortunately."

"The streets are bad. The water took it's toll in this area. It's good."

"It's got to get done, right?"

"I'm glad it's getting done. I'll be happier when it's all done."

(Stephanie Frizzo, City Traffic Engineer) "We've got deadlines to meet and we're just trucking through as best as possible."

Trucking through construction, before it's snow plows slowing the traffic.

In Minot, Jennifer Thorgramson, KX News.

Frizzo says all construction projects in city limits go through a Traffic Engineering application process then prioritized.

That process postponed two projects last week when detours were planned for several major routes.

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