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Devils Lake leaders to decide on $6.4 million street project

September 23, 2018

DEVILS LAKE, N.D. (AP) — Devils Lake city commissioners will decide next month whether to move forward on a controversial $6.4 million project to revamp downtown streets.

Some downtown business owners have questioned the scope of the project and the loss of nearly 50 parking spaces, the Devils Lake Journal reported. Half of the parking spaces that would have been eliminated how now been added back in.

“We made changes to the original design because of their concerns and objections,” Public Works Director Mike Grafsgaard said.

The redesign of safety “pedestrian bumps” that enable people to walk beyond parked vehicles but not in the street is aimed at making it easier to clean and remove snow, according to Grafsgaard.

“There’s a curvature at the base that eliminates some parking spots, but as they’re constructed now, there’s a corner that keeps snow and dirt piled,” he said.

The city would be responsible for 20 percent of the cost of the project, plus design and engineering costs, for a total of $1.6 million. Federal money would pay the rest.

State money “can still be used for other repairs across the city.” Grafsgaard said.

The local portion of the bill would be split between sales tax and property special assessments.

The project would include just streets and sidewalks.

“We did all the other stuff — sewer, water — replaced it all in 1992,” Grafsgaard said. “This isn’t going to be anything like Minot, where they replaced everything all the way to the building’s front. This is just roads and sidewalks.”

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Information from: Devils Lake Journal, http://www.devilslakejournal.com

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