Interstate 94 in the vicinity of Mandan is scheduled to be under construction this summer.
It’s a “very large” project, according to Mandan City Engineer Justin Froseth, who recently compared it to Bismarck’s I-94 roadwork in 2017.
“Expect a lot of work on the interstate system. It’s going to result in some temporary traffic control, too,” he said. “It will be fairly disruptive when it happens.”
Froseth said the bulk of the project will be resurfacing the interstate system from the North Dakota Highway 25 Interchange west of Mandan to all three bridges — Grant Marsh, Veterans Memorial and Expressway. It also will include “miscellaneous” work at the bridge structures within those segments.
On Jan. 22, the Mandan City Commission approved the budget amendment and cost participation and maintenance agreement for a portion of the North Dakota Department of Transportation project, regardless of Mandan’s local share estimate increasing 190 percent between June and December of last year.
The NDDOT provided the city with an estimate of about $35,000 in June 2018. In December, the estimate was revised to $101,000.
The increase was partly due to a portion of the project being incorrectly classified, according to Froseth.
“It was, basically, incorrectly classified … but then they (NDDOT) fixed that,” he said. “It is unfortunate, and a little frustrating … however, we do have the funds that we can put toward it.”
Due to the city earmarking only $35,000 for the project in its 2019 budget, the NDDOT agreed to “hold” the billing of the remaining balance until 2020.