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2 Dickinson road projects set to get going; Firm accepting comments

If all goes as planned, two much-needed road projects should be completed during the 2013 construction season in Dickinson.

Tenth Avenue West from 29th Street West to 40th Street West, about a half-mile stretch, is set to be created and paved. Twelfth Street West, from just east of 13th Street to the intersection with Highway 22, about a third of a mile, is set to be dug up and repaved.

KLJ is accepting comments on the projects through Jan. 18. The comment period began with an open house Thursday evening at City Hall in Dickinson. Representatives from the city and KLJ were available.

10th Avenue West

This stretch of road borders Koch Meadow Hills, a subdivision that is beginning to fill in with houses and apartments, Assistant City Engineer Nathan Peck said.

"During construction it will provide a little inconvenience, but we'll always provide access to their place," KLJ Engineer Andrew Krebs said of residents in the area. "They just have to be patient."

The environmental impact will be minimal, KLJ environmental planner Kayla Torgerson said.

"There will be some traffic noise increases, but not anything that would really be different than any other road in the city," she said. "There aren't any wetlands or sensitive species there that are of concern."

12th Street West

Several commercial ventures are along this stretch of road, but the project will be done in phases, minimizing the impact to drivers and business owners, Krebs said.

"The old road is rutting and cracking and we're going to take the old asphalt off, cut it down to grade, use fabric and build it back up," he said.

The phases will allow traffic to flow and the delay is expected to be minimal, he said.

The plan is to cut the road from four lanes to two during construction and businesses will have access at all times, Krebs said. The dedicated left turn lane may disappear during construction, possibly slowing traffic.

The road will match up with the work done at the intersection of 12th Street and Third Avenue last summer, he said.

"The duration of that construction is going to be a lot less because you're going in, scooping out and putting right back in," Peck said.

The section of road is at the end of its life. There is not a conflict with this project at the yet-to-be-passed comprehensive plan.

"I think in general people will be happy to have a better surface," Peck said.

Both projects are going to be paid for with 80 percent federal and 20 percent local funds.

To submit comments email project manager Craig Kubas at craig.kubas@ or mail him at KLJ, Attn: Craig Kubas, P.O. Box 290, Dickinson, ND 58602.

Katherine Grandstrand
I graduated from Bemidji State University in 2007 with a bachelor's degree in mass communcations, from Columbia College Chicago in 2009 with a master's degree in journalism.  
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