Drivers in Minot to regain partial access to Central Avenue

MINOT, N.D. - Some good news for motorists in Minot; drivers will regain partial access to Central Avenue from Broadway when crews wrap up work on the northbound segment of the Broadway Bridge project in the coming months.

Central is considered a main access point for many to the city's downtown area, but the bridge project has shut the intersection down.

Mark Lyman, the project information officer, told Minot's Committee of the Whole Wednesday that northbound drivers will be able to turn right on to Central Avenue.

However, southbound drivers will not be able to turn left on to Central Avenue until the project is finished later next year.

“Since the old bridge is staying in place on the west side, at least for this winter, and the new bridge is there, including the concrete approach that's there at Central Avenue, that foot-and-a-half gap, there's no way to safely make that an accessible intersection for people coming from the north wanting to turn left on to Central Avenue,” said Lyman.

Once crews wrap up the northbound segment of the bridge, head-to-head traffic will shift to the northbound segment so crews can begin demolishing the southbound part.