East Burdick in Minot to reopen to traffic

MINOT, N.D. – Later this week drivers in Minot will regain access to six blocks of East Burdick Expressway shut down for much of the summer and fall for a project aimed at making the roadway safer.

Construction crews have upgraded Burdick from 9th Street NE to 15th Street NE, including straightening part of the road that goes around the so-called "Oxbow Loop" of the Souris River to improve safety. They have also replaced water lines, sewer pipes and storm sewer lines that were nearly 100 years old.

Crews also removed the traffic signal at the intersection of Burdick and 13th Street SE but have installed overhead flashing signals for the pedestrian crossing.

The $4.3 million project was a joint venture by the North Dakota Department of Transportation and the City of Minot.

City leaders will join state officials in a ribbon cutting ceremony Thursday at 3 p.m. in front of the entrance to the Roosevelt Park Zoo.