BISMARCK, N.D. -- Bismarck City Engineer Mel Bullinger said excessive rain this construction season will push back some road projects into the 2014 season.

Rain received since early September caused delays with street and underground utility construction projects, he said.

“We’ve got a lot of projects that got off to a late start due to the wet spring weather in addition to street work carried over from last season, and the usual street rehabilitation and resurfacing projects to complete. In this year alone, the city was under contract to resurface 13.8 miles of city streets and to reconstruct another 6.5 miles,” said Bullinger. “As of Oct. 1, the city has processed 62 new subdivisions that are in various stages of approval, nearly three times as many as we did in 2011.”

New development areas likely will be the most affected by weather related delays, Bullinger said.

When the ground freezes, he said the paving cannot be completed in all the areas planned.

It may be necessary to install gravel surfacing on the affected roadways as a temporary measure, until the 2014 construction season.

Work on underground utilities in new subdivisions has been delayed by the rain. As a result, some driveway, curb, gutter and paving projects in the new areas will have to wait until after winter, he said.

Bullinger said every attempt will be made to complete as many projects as possible before winter.

Meanwhile, Bismarck and Mandan officials updated the public about two road closures.


On Friday Fifth Street will be closed to through traffic between Front Avenue and Bowen Avenue. It will be closed about two weeks. The street is closed because of expansion of the Bismarck Civic Center.

Access will be provided to local businesses.

A detour will be in place.


The Mandan intersection of Division Street Northwest and Sixth Avenue Northwest will be closed possibly through Oct. 25, due to construction activity. Reconstruction of Sunset Drive is to be completed by Oct. 31.

For more information 667-3225 or 667-3240.