A four-to-three-lane conversion is planned for a portion of Mandan’s Main Street in 2020, following the city commission’s acceptance of Urban Grant Program funding from the North Dakota Department of Transportation.
The estimated $750,000 project includes restriping the existing four-lane roadway to three lanes, from Sixth Avenue Northwest to Collins Avenue, to allow for parallel parking on the south side. Curb extensions are also planned, as well as decorative lighting.
"A notable feature of the roadway reallocation is the opportunity to introduce parking along the south side of Main, as the current configuration does not allow for it," said Justin Froseth, city planning and engineering director. "Staff at the city hall often hear complaints of not enough nearby parking downtown."
The commission accepted the $600,000 grant from the NDDOT, contingent on a second project — the replacement of traffic signals along Main Street — moving forward. The $1.5 million traffic signal project includes Intelligent Transportation Systems upgrades, as well as the removal of traffic signals at First Avenue West and 10th Avenue West.
Mandan is one of six cities across the state to receive the transportation funding. Communities with populations exceeding 5,000 are eligible to participate in the program, which focuses on transportation improvements that directly support a city's urban core and central business district.
"This project is pretty closely related to the governor’s Main Street Initiative, which focuses on pedestrian forms of transportation, rather than just vehicular," Froseth said. "We anticipate it to lend to a more vibrant and patronized core downtown area."
Additional funds for the roadway reallocation will come from the NDDOT, in the amount of $75,000, and from the city's sales tax fund, in the amount of $75,000, according to Froseth.
The project is expected to be bid out in 2019 for 2020 completion.
Other cities receiving $9.3 million worth of grant money for projects slated for completion in 2019 and 2020 include Bismarck, Dickinson, Jamestown, Valley City and West Fargo.
A total of 17 projects were considered, and recipients were selected by an advisory committee comprised of representatives from the NDDOT, the North Dakota Department of Commerce, the Bank of North Dakota, the North Dakota League of Cities and the Metropolitan Planning Organization.