A traffic study on First Avenue in Jamestown will mimic the planned removal of some of the traffic signals on Main Street. The removal of some of the traffic signals on First Avenue is part of a planned lane diet that will reduce the flow of traffic on the street to one lane in each direction with a center turning lane from the current two lanes in each direction.

Ben Aaseth, project engineer for Interstate Engineering, told the Jamestown Public Works Committee the traffic signals would be set to blink red for the side streets and yellow for First Avenue beginning June 1 as part of a traffic study.

The study will be conducted for 90 days on all traffic signals on First Avenue except the one located at Third Street South adjacent to the Alfred Dickey Public Library. The study will gather information, including the number of accidents, at the intersections that are changed from the current traffic signal to the equivalent of a stop sign for side street traffic.

Aaseth said Interstate Engineering is completing the final plans for the lane diet project with bid opening set for Aug. 7. Contractors have the option of beginning work this fall with the project planned for completion in 2021 at a date to be determined.

The lane diet project is funded by a $3.1 million grant from the North Dakota Department of Transportation. Local cost share for the project is 10%

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The Jamestown Finance and Legal Committee recommended approval of the purchase of new phone equipment for city hall and approved a request to explore how to enhance the building's audio and visual presentation equipment. The current equipment is original to the building which was constructed in the 1980s.

Since the start of the coronavirus pandemic, some of the council members have attempted to participate in meetings over the phone which has resulted in difficulty hearing all sides of discussions by all members.