Mandan – Calling it a bill for the people of North Dakota, H-B 1066 or “Operation Prairie Dog” was signed into law last week.
The population of Mandan has grown by nearly 40-percent over the last 20 years..and more people means more traffic on city roads.
Now, thanks to Operation Prairie Dog, the city has additional funding for critical infrastructure projects.
Drive on any of Mandan’s side streets and it will quickly become clear some, if not many are tired and in need of repair.
“There is no secret that there’s a number of street projects that need attention,” Said Mandan City Administrator Jim Neubaurer
But the condition of those roads may soon be changing thanks to funding the city will receive as part of Operation Prairie Dog.
Mandan is just one of the hundreds of non-oil producing cities across North Dakota getting their share of a 250 million dollar pot of money geared at rehabilitating the states aging infrastructure.
The city will be getting just over six and a half million dollars from the state, taking a small burden off taxpayers.
Residents KX News spoke will tell us what they think needs fixing in Mandan…
“We need work done on First Street and Second Street to me is a major one, especially around the post office and I know of other needs on the south side.” Said Mandan Resident Lee Fleischer.
“I would definitely have to say the potholes and the roads, it seems like they never get fixed, year after year, I know my car would like that if it didn’t have potholes”. Said Mandan Resident Paige Maxon
The funds for Mandan and other cities across the state should start rolling in next year, giving cities plenty of time to figure out what needs fixing.
If you’re wondering what other cities cut is from Operation Prairie Dog…
Bismarck will receive just over 16-million dollars
Lincoln gets one point two million
Beulah is allocated a little over a million dollars
Rugby, Haazen, and Bottineau will all be getting over 800-thousand dollars to help with infrastructure projects.