The City of Bismarck along with local and state officials, project partners and the Bismarck-Mandan Chamber EDC, celebrated the completion of the 43rd Avenue Northeast Reconstruction Project.
“The improvements made to the roadway have truly enhanced this area,” said Bismarck Mayor Steve Bakken. “The partnerships between the North Dakota Department of Transportation, (NDDOT), our consultant engineering firm KLJ, the prime contractor Northern Improvement Company, the city’s residents and business owners, and the support of the voter approved half-cent sales tax for the construction and reconstruction of major arterial roadways, were all instrumental in assisting to meet the transportation safety needs of the community and are an investment into the future.”
“The completion of the project addresses roadway capacity and pavement condition deficiencies and improved safety and mobility for all users,” said Gabe Schell, Bismarck City Engineer. The improvement consists of approximately one mile of multi-lane concrete divided roadway and includes roadway lighting, a shared use path, sidewalks and traffic signals at two intersections.
According to Schell, project planning began in February 2019, was bid and awarded in February 2020, and considered substantially complete on October 30, 2020.
The total project budget was approximately $10.5 million, including construction, engineering, right-of-way acquisition and utility relocation. The project is funded initially through voter approved half-cent sales tax, and is scheduled for reimbursement of approximately $7,000,000 in NDDOT federal aid in the year 2022.