Williston’s Main Street got a makeover in 2014.
But after a complete rebuild of the the road, cracks appeared in the surface.
“The schedule that has been put forward is aggressive. But it’s practical,” says Wayne Wiedrich, operations engineer for the City of Williston.
Knife River and subcontractor J M Marschuetz are incurring the costs to repair the street.
Still, those who attended a public input meeting expressed concerns about the road and sidewalk work.
“It’s on our nickel too. Just so we don’t forget that. This is a huge inconvenience. We’ve already discussed the huge inconvenience of revenue,” says “Doc” Ashton, a local business owner.
Portions of Main Street from 6th Street to Front Street will be closed an intersection at a time for one week periods.
“At no time will we tear a sidewalk out in front of a business that’s open. We’ll wait and do those removals and replacements after that business is closed in the evening if has to happen right in front of their door,” says Wiedrich.
Main Street has a high concentration of businesses, some with grand openings planned for June.
Renaissance On Main Building Manager
“I know that they don’t want businesses to shut down. But we need to make sure we keep in good conversation and have good outcomes for everyone,” says Muriel Lippert, building manager of Renaissance on Main.
And that conversation is expected to continue with future public input meetings.
Williston’s Main Street is getting a new look in more ways than one. The Downtowners Association is seeking artwork to decorate downtown alleyways. If you are interested in taking part, you are asked to submit samples of your work to the Williston Downtowners Association by May 29th.