The 6th Street underpass SHOULD be open this winter --- weather permitting of course.
Contractors began pouring concrete today in a 24-hour cycle.
City Engineer Lance Meyer says it's standard for large concrete pours to take place around the clock until the job is finished.
Contractors will be pouring 500 cubic yards of concrete this week.
Meyer says if temperatures dip below 40 degrees, they'll need to take precautions during the concrete pour.
So far, a lot of underground work has been completed.
Three borings needed to be placed under the railroad track: a water main and two storm sewer lines.
The second sewer line is four feet in diameter, as you can see exposed in the hole beneath the track.
For funding purposes, the project was split into three phases.
The goal is to have the roadway portion done and open before this winter, but record rainfall has pushed the timelines for the pump station and storm sewer improvements into next spring.
(Lance Meyer, Minot City Engineer) "The roadway portion is about a $5 million dollar project, the pump station is about $2-2.5, and the other storm sewers are just over a million so when you add all of that together, the amount of construction activity needed for this project is tremendous."
The 6th Street and Burdick Expressway intersection will be under construction once more next spring in relation to the project.