Doug Barrett | Jan 12, 2018 AT 8:52 am
East Grand Forks may opt to give Rhinehart Drive a face-lift rather than a complete make-over come summer. The stretch from 6th Street Southeast to Bygland Road was targeted for reconstruction - but engineers want to apply the brakes because of a potential roundabout at Bygland and Rhinehart down the road. They say it doesn’t make a lot of sense to tear up the new construction if the roundabout project is approved. Council member Henry Tweten is still not sold on roundabouts and prefers signals as well. Other say roundabouts not only improve traffic flow but would be safer than lights.
Council member Mike Pokrzywinski says federal funds won’t cover the costs of adding lights.
Money saved this year from switching from reconstruction to a mill and overlay project would be diverted to improving handicap ramps along the 17th Street Northwest corridor.