The Bismarck City Commission gave unanimous approval Tuesday to reactivate a North Dakota Department of Transportation safety improvement project for State Street between Divide and Calgary avenues, which was put on hold in 2016 at the city’s request.
“We have a number of intersections along State Street that fall into what we call high-crash locations compared to the rest of the state,” said Mark Berg, city traffic engineer.
Potential improvements include the addition of right-turn lanes and flashing yellow left-turn signals at numerous intersections, updates to traffic signal equipment, and the implementation of a double left-turn lane at Weiss Avenue near Menards.
Federal funds were authorized for the project in 2012, with development beginning in 2015. The city asked the NDDOT for additional time to analyze the proposed improvements prior to final decisions and construction occurring, and the hold was granted in 2016.
According to Berg, since federal funds were expended for the project, the city would be responsible for 10 percent of the engineering costs, which total $1.1 million, if it didn’t move forward within 10 years of the authorization of federal funds, or by 2022.
Now that it's been reactivated, the next step is to jointly develop a scope for the revised project and sign a memorandum of understanding between the two organizations prior to conducting interviews for consulting engineers.