Jamestown City Council considers road projects
Regular meeting of the Jamestown city committees discussing future road projects in the city.
The Jamestown Public Works Committee put street work in the Mill Hill area at the top of its wish list for work by the North Dakota Department of Transportation.
The committee put two projects for the area on the State Transportation Improvement List. The Jamestown City Council will give final consideration to the list at its Jan. 4 meeting before submitting to the state.
One project would do a major rehabilitation of Highway 52, also known as U.S. Highway 281, from the James River bridge to the area of Wilhelm Chevrolet Buick GMC. Along with rebuilding the road, sidewalks would be added to the area. The cost for that portion of the project is estimated at $3.2 million and would be split between federal and state agencies with no local costs.
The other project would be a minor rehabilitation of the same road for the section that runs up MIll Hill from the Wilhelm Chevrolet Buick GMC to 17th Street Southwest. The cost for this project is estimated at $1.3 million split between federal and state agencies.
A third project request would mill and overlay the portion of N.D. Highway 20 that runs through Jamestown.
Travis Dillman, city engineer for Interstate Engineering, said the timing of the projects is all dependent on the availability of funding and may not be constructed until the 2022 construction season.
David Steele, member of the Jamestown City Council, asked that work also be done on updating or replacing the viaduct in Jamestown.
In other business, Jamestown Mayor Dwaine Heinrich informed a special meeting of the Jamestown City Council the city had received $2.5 million in "Prairie Dog" funds from the state of North Dakota.
One project the funds could be used for is a change to the route of a stormwater line that currently passes under Taylor Stadium at the University of Jamestown campus at a cost of $500,000, Heinrich said.
Dan Buchanan, member of the City Council, spoke against using city money to help benefit a project of the University of Jamestown.
Taylor Stadium is currently under renovation with plans to have the facility ready for sports activity next fall.
Heinrich said the project was not a benefit to the university. Steele said the current stormwater line is not functioning properly and needed to be replaced.
"This just gives us an opportunity to do it now," he said. "... this is a stormwater project that needs to be done immediately."
Approval of the project passed on a 4-1 vote with Buchanan dissenting.