Grand Forks ranks projects to submit for federal funding programs

Grand Forks will soon be vying for federal money to make improvements to its streets, bike paths and street signs.

The council’s Service/Safety Committee reviewed and approved applications from three different categories of funding for projects around the city.

The federal money the city could receive for the projects is administered through the North Dakota Department of Transportation.

In its application for money from the Transportation Improvement Program, the city identified the 2018 reconstruction of North 42nd Street as its top priority, according to engineer Mark Walker.

The $4.9 million project would reconstruct 42nd Street from University Avenue to Gateway Drive,

Upgrading the city’s signs was listed as its highest priority in its application to the Highway Safety Improvements Program.

The city is asking for $45,000 to replace regulatory and warning signs in school zones throughout the community. The upgraded signs would meet federal sign standards, according to Walker.

In an application to the Transportation Alternatives Program, the city identified constructing a shared-use path along Columbia Road as its top-ranked project.

The $182,000 path would run from 36th Avenue South to 40th Avenue South, near the site where the city’s newest elementary school is planned.

The applications will need approval from the full council before they are passed on to the Grand Forks-East Grand Forks Metropolitan Planning Organization for its final approval.

After those two hurdles, it’s on to the state transportation department which will decide what projects submitted by cities are funded. Full lists of ranked projects can be found under each of the above links.

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