MINOT, N.D. – The Minot City Council voted Monday night to push forward with a contractor to make improvements at the intersection of 3rd Street SE and Burdick despite high bids, citing concerns over pedestrian safety.
The project, which is a joint effort with the North Dakota Department of Transportation, would make improvements to how the intersection is controlled and how motorists would be alerted to pedestrians crossing.
The city’s engineering department requested that the city reject the bids and allow them to reexamine how to go about the project, since the lowest bid came in roughly $65,000 more than estimated.
The intersection in question lies adjacent to the Ward County Courthouse and its parking lot, as well as a parking structure near Trinity Hospital. Several alderman addressed concerns that rejecting the bids would delay efforts to improve the safety of the intersection.
The council narrowly rejected the request from engineering by a 4-3 vote, and then approved Strata’s bid of roughly $161,000 by a 5-2 vote.