A fight is brewing on Highway 2.
Between the department of transportation and a neighborhood of people living near a construction project.
The DOT has put up barricades near construction at Highway 2 and 42nd street northeast but one resident doesn’t believe the one by their street is necessary.
Right up the road is where people live but this barricade is blocking them from getting to their homes easily. The DOT says that they’re doing it for safety reasons but the people who live up that road say that it’s just an inconvenience
“Very frustrated,” said Rob Robinson, Minot Resident.
This road block is on 16th Avenue, just a little ways down the road from where new stop light signals will be put in. So residents ask why have the barricade here? The DOT says that it’s safer if more people aren’t crossing an intersection filled with construction.
“It causes a safety issue,” said Chad Beggs, Engineering Manager.
“They’ve already got the speed limit lowered to 25 in this area,” said Robinson.
Meanwhile, Robinson says the current setup makes it hard for emergency vehicles to get in and creates a long detour for those living there.
“It’s going to be difficult for emergency crews to move all these sand bags and barricades out of the way to get to somebody,” said Robinson.
For Larry Gullickson, the barricades have been an issue because he lives right next to them. He says that people have been moving the barricades and traveling through which is illegal. Now, he says that cars have started to travel through his lawn or city property across the street to avoid the barricades.
“Every morning I come out here I get my newspaper and I pull the barricades back in and the cones back and they last usually a few hours,” said Larry Gullickson, Minot Resident.
Even though some people want change.
“Put up a sign that says open to local traffic only, no through traffic,” said Robinson.
The DOT has no plans to change the setup in the construction area.
The project is scheduled to be finished in October.