Posted 12/08/15 (Tue)
By Cecile Krimm
A North Dakota Department of Transportation (NDDOT) worker on Monday night gave early details on a major highway project next spring between Noonan and Crosby, during the regular Crosby City Council meeting.
Roxanne McPhail of the NDDOT, said she will be making several trips to town in the coming weeks to settle a few issues, including moving a welcome sign from the Farm to Market Right of Way, on Crosby’s eastern-most highway entrance.
“We’ll figure it out,” said McPhail, due to the necessity of realigning the 4th Street entrance with the highway.
She said the NDDOT can work with the community to try to salvage and reuse the marker.
The sign was paid for with funds left over from the 2004 Centennial Celebration. An identical sign is located at the town’s western-most entrance, near Pioneer Village.
McPhail told the council the ND 5 project is still in the design phase, following a public comment period in which a number of people requested the addition of turn lanes into the New Century Ag terminal, west of Noonan.
Also requested, but not part of the current project is a “passing lane” that would allow trucks required to stop at the railroad crossing to pull over, letting passenger vehicles continue down the road with no impediment.
McPhail said trying to work out an agreement with the railroad to accommodate such a feature would have delayed the project and possibly, put federal funds in jeopardy.
Instead, the NDDOT is working on a separate project to address issues with dozens of railroad crossings in the state, hoping to gain some general agreements with the railroad to facilitate improvements at many locations at the same time.
The ND 5 project is set for a bid opening in mid-March, with construction to begin in the spring.
A similar time table is expected for design and bid of a major street and sewer project in Crosby next summer, but two council members on Monday night opposed the approval of a $375,000 task order for design work by the city engineering firm, AE2S.
Aldermen Brian Lund and Troy Vassen questioned why the council would approve the contract, which is $168,000 more than a proposal submitted by Ackerman-Estvold, which now employs former AE2S engineer Antonio Conti.
Mayor Bert Anderson, along with Alderman Wayne Benter and Doug Anderson spoke in favor of moving forward, rather than changing engineers mid-project.
A motion to approve the AE2S task order passed 3-2, with Lund and Vassen voting nay.