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Construction Season Begins to Wrap Up

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With Sunday being the first official day of fall that means construction season will soon be wrapping up. But, with a late spring and wet summer, construction crews have been forced to work around the clock to get road projects done in time before winter.

As you drive from one end of town to the other, you've probably been affected by all of the construction. 

"We have a lot of projects intermittent across town to basically redo some stretches of roadway.  In some areas, [it's] just patches and some areas concrete panel replacements.  They've affected some of our Minot arterials and collector roadways as well," says City of Minot traffic engineer Stephanie Frizzo.

From 16th Street Southwest and Burdick Expressway to the 6th Street Underpass Project, it can be hard to avoid detours in Minot. Traffic has been backed up along 16th Street for several weeks now. And, in effort, to reduce delays in the area, the City of Minot has been making some changes to help with the traffic flow.

"We adjusted the timing of the signal at 16th and Burdick Expressway and extended the green time for that north to sound bound traffic to try to get as much through as we could.  It's at least 3 times more cars that can go through that intersection in one cycle," says Frizzo.

Instead of a 25 second cap at the light for north and south bound traffic, there's now a 50 second cap.

"So, then you don't have that delay of people having to stop and start up again.  Once you get the flow, it progresses through," says Frizzo.

As construction season wraps up, drivers are still asked to slow down and allow more time for commutes.

"I would just ask everyone to be patient through this process obviously there's a lot of work going on and we want to make sure that we wrap these projects up before winter and patience will go a long way," says Frizzo.

Updates and changes on major projects within and under control by the City of Minot will be updated weekly and released Friday afternoons on the city website: www.minotnd.org.

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