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Bowman, ND 58623-0012

Multiple city projects near completion

July 08, 2016

 

The city is nearly finished with the rehabilitation and addition of sidewalks along the north side of First Street near downtown in Bowman. (Pioneer Photo by Bryce Martin)
The city is nearly finished with the rehabilitation and addition of sidewalks along the north side of First Street near downtown in Bowman. (Pioneer Photo by Bryce Martin)

By BRYCE MARTIN
Pioneer Editor | bmartin@countrymedia.net

Several projects this construction season have turned some of Bowman’s roads into a complicated series of detours and dead ends. But drivers should feel relief in the coming weeks as current projects come to a close.

Two of the largest projects, work along Divide Street and Eleventh Avenue Northwest, are nearly complete with the final step of street resurfacing and paving to begin this month.

Jon Brosz of Brosz Engineering in Bowman said that the two projects are coming in on or near their budgets.

Sidewalks are added along the east side of Eleventh Avenue Northwest in Bowman, with the street paving to be finished later this month. (Photo by Sarah Snavely)
Sidewalks are added along the east side of Eleventh Avenue Northwest in Bowman, with the street paving to be finished later this month. (Photo by Sarah Snavely)

Work on Eleventh Avenue, from Highway 12 north to the Burlington Northern Santa Fe railroad, began in May and was initially projected to be finished by July 29.

The project included the installation of a storm drainage system, concrete curb and gutter, concrete driveway replacement to the right-of-way and street paving.

The drainage along the east side of the street has been a problem since the city had the road refinished several years ago. Those issues are now said to be corrected.

Land disturbed by the project, which is considered city property, will be repaired and replaced where necessary with seed mixture and hydraulic mulch after construction is finished.

A majority of Divide Street, from Second to Eighth Avenues, was torn up in May for the city to replace a water main and for the addition of valves and fire hydrants.

The project was scheduled to be completed June 17, but paving was postponed to later this month.

“Any damage to lawns will be repaired by (the) contractor,” according to Lyn James, city commission president.

The damage, according to James, was to be minimal.

A third project, one that was planned since early last year, on the city’s east side is also near completion.

A mix of new and upgraded sidewalk now stretches continuously along First Street Southwest in Bowman, from Third Avenue Southeast up to the front of Bowman County Elementary as part of the city’s Safe Routes to Schools project.

The project connects the east and west side of the city with approximately three quarters of a mile of a single sidewalk along First Street. The portion of sidewalk from Third Avenue Southeast to Highway 85 is a combination of new and rehabbed sidewalks, according to James.

The path leading from the corner of Main and First Streets was particularly deteriorated and was replaced.

James explained during discussion of the project last year that the city would not replace private driveways in their entirety along the project route; the work done by the city would only extend the width of the sidewalk. The home or businesses owner would be responsible for the remainder.

James did indicate that the city would work with homeowners if a certain “gentle” sloping of the driveway exists, which was the case for a few businesses.

The project was initially postponed due to uncertainty with funding from the North Dakota Department of Transportation and the subsequent bidding process.

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