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Public hearing held in Medora for interstate construction projects

North Dakota's Department of Transportation held a public hearing on Tuesday evening regarding two bridge construction projects along Interstate 94 slated for the spring and summer of 2019. The projects will provide deck overlays (top-level concr...

Brad Pfeifer of the North Dakota Department of Transportation explains details of proposed construction projects on the interstate near Medora and Fryburg. (Grady McGregor / The Dickinson Press)
Brad Pfeifer of the North Dakota Department of Transportation explains details of proposed construction projects on the interstate near Medora and Fryburg. (Grady McGregor / The Dickinson Press)

North Dakota's Department of Transportation held a public hearing on Tuesday evening regarding two bridge construction projects along Interstate 94 slated for the spring and summer of 2019. The projects will provide deck overlays (top-level concrete replacement) on the east Medora interchange bridge, Exit 27, and the Fryburg interchange bridge and will result in the closure of the bridges for about two months each. The Medora project is planned for early spring 2019 to avoid conflicts with the summer tourist season, and the Fryburg project is planned for the summer of 2019 to avoid issues with Fryburg School District bus routes.

"This is a pretty straightforward deck overlay;, there isn't a lot of options that we have (for road closures)," NDDOT hydraulics engineer Brad Pfeifer said at the meeting. "The scheduling, we are trying to make it suit the users as much as we can."

Several local residents attended the meeting to ask how the project would interfere with traffic patterns and how it would be carried out.

Randall Sandvig, a NDDOT transportation engineer, said that during construction westbound Medora traffic will be detoured about to Exit 24 to enter from the east side, about 7 extra miles. The Fryburg project will cause detours ranging from 8 to 11 miles depending on the direction.

The project will cost about $1.1 million. Ninety percent of the funding will be federal dollars and 10 percent will come from the state.

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The engineers said both bridges are still structurally sound and this is a fairly routine project. Both bridges were built in the late 1960s.

"The top layer of concrete with time, salt and winter begins to deteriorate and eventually the top part of the concrete starts to pop off or delaminate," Pfeifer said. "We remove that overlay, basically to take off the stuff that's weak on the top and then replace it with a thin layer of concrete."

NDDOT is currently accepting public comments on the project via email to Randall Sandvig at rsandvig@nd.gov or mailed to Sandvig at NDDOT, 608 East Boulevard Ave., Bismarck ND 58505.

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