First of ten permanent repairs to Minot flooded intersection signals now complete
Posted on 7/12/2012
The intersection signal at 27th Street SE and Burdick Expressway is now fully operational, with plans to finish remaining repairs in the next six to eight weeks. Repairs started this spring on ten intersection signals, as well as pedestrian crossings and flashing lights damaged by the 2011 Mouse River flood. The signal at 27th Street SE is the first completed.
"We would urge drivers to use extra caution as they approach these signals that are being repaired and restored to their pre-flood, fully operational mode," said Stephanie Harman, traffic engineer for the City of Minot. "With a lot of people accustomed to a blinking light or no light at all, we will be taking extra precautions to warn people of the change as it is underway. In some cases we will be turning intersection signals that were previously completely off to a flashing light prior to fully activating the signals in a normal mode."
The scheduled signal replacement project will continue over the next eight weeks at the following intersections, in approximate priority order:
- 8th Ave. SE and Burdick Expressway - 2nd Ave. SW and 16th St. SW - 4th Ave. NW and 16th St. NW - 3rd Ave. NW and 6th St. NW - 13th St. SE and Burdick Expressway - 6th St. SW and 2nd Ave. SW - 8th St. NW and University Ave. - 3rd St. SE and Central Ave. - 9th St. SE and Burdick Expressway
The North Dakota Department of Transportation in partnership with the City of Minot is responsible for the traffic signal replacement project as the damaged signals are along federal-aid roads and could not be permanently fixed using FEMA funds. The City of Minot followed the required state and federal highway procedures and standards in repairing the intersection signals.
The project will also include repairing five pedestrian crossing flashers and one flashing light signal in the flood zone.
Construction for permanent repairs to street lights along federal-aid roads is set to start in early August and the contractor plans to have most, if not all, of the lights repaired by the end of August. The repairs include close to 200 street lights damaged by the flood.
For more background information on the repair of street lights and intersection signals related to flood recovery click go to the Progress section of the Minot Recovery Information website.