Doug Barrett | Oct 31, 2017 AT 9:55 am
East Grand Forks isn’t ready to put the brakes on a roundabout project for Bygland Road just yet. The council agreed last night (Mon) to apply for a state grant to help pave the way for the project at Rhinehart Drive.
The city has been wrestling with how to alleviate congestion at the intersection during peak travel times. The grant could total as much as one-million dollars. Council member Henry Tweten says installing a roundabout is not the way to go. He fears it will take property from homeowners and cause an undue hardship for a nearby business.
Council member Clarence Vetter says all studies point to a roundabout as the best possible solution for traffic.
Mayor Steve Gander says applying for the grant doesn’t commit the city.
Depending upon the construction option the cost could approach one-point-seven million dollars. The council voted five to one to move forward with the grant application.