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Driving Issues as Winter Hits

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Winter has put a halt to road construction in the Magic City.

As Minot experiences many growing pains, the season's end has left many street projects on next year's to-do list.

Jennifer Thorgramson takes us on a tour of projects that will need attention early next construction season.

Road construction season has given way to winter.

In the interest of progress, projects are piling up for next construction season.

On the North end of 16th Street, Ramstad stands alone on the cross street of 36th Avenue.

The city was responsible for the lone entrance to the new school and future roadways will be up to the surrounding developer.

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Moving South on 16th Street, the intersection of 16th and 30th Avenue is cause for backed up traffic for early morning Ramstad commuters.

"Look at that!"

Meyer says the city will be looking into a four-way stop at that intersection to improve the changing traffic flow.

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A traffic light will replace all-way stop at 16th and 21st Avenue near Marketplace North next construction season.

(Lance Meyer, Minot City Engineer) "We actually have a project out for bid right now that opens December 12th. That will be a signal and a sewer project that will be going through that area so 21st will be shut down for awhile this summer."

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South 16th Street had a great deal of construction this year.

The new structures resulted in a new traffic light at 16th and 31st Avenue --- and a dangerous blind spot caused by the Green Acres brick sound wall.

(Lance Meyer, Minot City Engineer) "You can't turn on red, because you can't see around that corner. We're going to start looking at design options for a project. It will be designed maybe sometime this fall. Hopefully construction in 2015 would be our goal to try to move that wall back some so we can see around that corner. But for the time being, it's going to have to be signed 'no right turn.'"

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And the construction project with the greatest traffic volume impact next year: Broadway Bridge.

Meyer says it's not one but three projects the city will be taking on: resurfacing the bridge, constructing two parking garages downtown and also re-routing downtown access.

(Lance Meyer, Minot City Engineer) "We're going to have to push those left turns into downtown away from Central and 1st and put them all at 2nd. We're trying to coordinate all three of those projects. It's going to be tough. All three are very large, long projects."

Watch the city website for detour updates and changing traffic patterns as winter and road construction season crowd closer together.

In Minot, Jennifer Thorgramson, KX News.

The traffic lights for the intersection near the 6th Street underpass arrived this week.

Meyer says those roadways will remain closed into the new year.

Also, a construction project on 5th Avenue Northeast and Railway Avenue has been postponed until spring.

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