Four road projects could see their construction dates moved up if the Grand Forks City Council chooses to identify them as high priorities.
A proposal to accelerate the projects’ timelines was presented to the council’s Service and Safety Committee on Oct. 15 for discussion.
The projects would be bumped up from various construction dates to next year with a council vote in favor of the proposal.
City Engineer Al Grasser said most of the areas around the four road projects are undeveloped — making next year the right time to do the construction.
Getting construction done before a majority of homes and businesses move into those areas would allow crews to disrupt as few people’s routines as possible, according to Grasser.
The projects include repaving, repairing or expanding Columbia Road from 36th Avenue South to 40th Avenue South, 47th Avenue South’s intersection with South Washington Street, North 55th Street just south of 17th Avenue North and 11th Avenue South between South 48th Street and South 52nd Street.
The idea seemed to sit well with some of the committee members.
“If we can do it, let’s do it,” said council member Terry Bjerke. “We can’t just sit here.”
Council member Ken Vein agreed and said he would like to see the proposal taken to the public to get residents’ views on moving up the projects.
“We have these needs now so the sooner we do it, the cheaper it will be,” he said.
The proposal will be discussed again at the committee’s Oct. 29 meeting.
Below, you can view close-ups of the project areas. The green shapes represent the area of the road affected while the orange shapes represent potential future development.