It’s a first for the city of Minot.
Minot City Council recently gave the green light for the city’s first roundabout.
To accommodate that, a mile-long construction project – which includes adding a roundabout – will begin around this time next year.
“There’s a lot of activity at this intersection specifically,” Derek Hackett, Public Information Officer, said.
This is what 31st Avenue looked [see video] like back in 2007, before a lot more houses, an elementary school, and the Country Club came about.
The road was built for a rural area. With a lot of development in a short amount of time, Hackett says it just wasn’t made for the traffic flow the intersection sees today.
“There’s low enough traffic to where it won’t be too much of an impact for people to get used to, but high enough to warrant a need for some kind of roundabout or traffic diversion for this intersection,” said Hackett.
“I think it’s a good idea. It’ll make this intersection a lot quicker,” one resident said.
Another said, “They need to put a double roundabout, I feel, so that the traffic flows better to the school or down this stretch and towards Highway 2-52.”
The roundabout will be single lane, but should be pretty helpful.
Although it will be unfamiliar to some, Hackett says safety isn’t a concern.
“If there is an accident, it’s not a direct contact or a T bone,” he said. “It’s usually a fender bender, hit the back end of a car. That’s the difference. If you miss a stop at an intersection like this and you hit a vehicle, you T bone it, there’s a chance for death.”
Most of the $10,000,000 construction project will be federally paid for through an urban road program with the DOT.
That will include a full reconstruction of 31st Avenue southeast – making it look a little bit more like it’s neighbor, 13th street.
“So having a turning lane will stop the congestion of traffic going east/west for the neighborhoods,” Hackett explained.
The roundabout part of the project only counts for a small portion of it all, ringing in at about $50,000 of the $10,000,000 project.
The approval was announced last week, but it will be about a year before construction starts.
Within that time, the city will offer information about how to navigate it.