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Center Avenue Construction Update
The water main replacement on Center Avenue from the River to 8 Street and Center Avenue bridge repair are expected to be completed mid-July, weather permitting. Additional street improvements were planned and bid, but the single bid received for the street improvements was approximately $800,000 (37%) higher than the engineer’s estimate, and the bid was formally rejected to allow a revision of the plans that may result in competitive bids.
In the short-term while the bridge and water main project are underway, staff will move forward with some of the low-cost items that were part of the original project, including:
- Tree removal north of US Bank and straightening of curb and street (complete)
- Tree removal, sign relocation, and modification of a planter to achieve sight distance at 7 St
- Pavement repair following water main replacement
- Restripe to 3-lane section west of 7 St
- Removal of traffic signal at 7 St
- Change other traffic signal heads to reflect restriping
Continued evaluation and consultation with the Center Avenue stakeholders will help the City to develop a recommendation on how to proceed with the larger scope of street improvements in the future, but not in the 2019 construction season.
Property owners and businesses will be notified of future opportunities for involvement. In the interim, please contact the Engineering Department at 218.299.5390 or Derrick LaPoint of Downtown Moorhead Inc. at 218.443.1361 with any questions.