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Construction Continues on Underpass

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Construction season may be wrapping up, but there are still projects in the area that need to be completed before the heavy snow creeps up on us.

Construction on the 6th Street underpass began back in July, causing a detour for many Minot drivers. Even though the weather is getting colder, construction must continue.

"We're doing our best to get the road open, barring any extreme winter conditions. We're all set up for our cold weather pours of concrete. We are almost finished tying the roadways in and we're doing some temporary transitioning to open up the roads," says project manager James Brewer.

In order to keep the cold ground warm this machine will actually pump radiator fluid down through these hoses to keep it warm.

"It starts out at 180 degrees and it warms, then it will go back and recirculate, heat back up, then we just continue to run it until the concrete gets to a strength that it's not susceptible to freezing," says Brewer.

Construction on the underpass was set back 40 days because of the rainy summer, so they're catching up for lost time. But they're hoping heavy snow fall holds off for a little while longer.

Brewer also says that the roadways should start opening up again around Thanksgiving.

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