GF - Project Priorities

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Expect Grand Forks leaders to begin discussions in the coming months on the prioritization of major infrastructure needs in the city. Projects like a fourth bridge…42nd Street underpass…and the 47th Avenue interchange have been on the drawing board for years – with little movement. City Administrator Todd Feland says it may be time to focus on the greatest need and present the case to the next legislative session. Feland says the city may have just one opportunity to fund a major project next session and city needs to focus on what that "ask" will be.

Last night the city council gave preliminary approve to an engineering agreement to further study the reconstruction of the Washington Street from 5th Avenue South to 1st Avenue North – including the rail underpass. The North Dakota D-O-T recently conducted a structural analysis on the 1937 underpass to determine its lifespan. The 17-point-six million dollar project is targeted for the 2022 construction season.

Members also O-K’d an engineering agreement for the two-point-six million dollar mill and overlay of University Avenue next summer.

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