State-led projects to improve roads across the city of Grand Forks this summer will be a little more expensive than city officials had anticipated, according to bids the Grand Forks City Council saw last Monday.

The North Dakota Department of Transportation has received bids for a project to reconstruct DeMers Avenue downtown and a project to install turn lanes at two major intersections.

A reconstruction of DeMers Avenue from North Sixth Street to Sorlie Bridge is perhaps one of the most significant projects of the summer, with a staff memo from Assistant City Engineer Mark Walker saying NDDOT has anticipated this project for several years now.

NDDOT received one bid for the project on April 12 from Strata Corp. in the amount of roughly $8.1 million, Walker’s memo said, which added that the engineer’s estimate up until now was $6.1 million. That makes the project 32 percent more expensive than the city had predicted.

The city’s share of the total project is now a little more than $1 million, according to Walkers memo, plus approximately $88,000 for additional streetscape fees.

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The city plans to pay for the DeMers Avenue project using its street infrastructure fund.

NDDOT also opened on April 12 bids to improve turn lanes where DeMers Avenue meets the South Columbia Road west ramps, and at Gateway Drive and North 55th Street.

The lowest bid for the turn lane project was from Strata Corp. in the amount of almost $2 million, according to a second staff memo from Walker. The NDDOT proposal includes new traffic signal systems and turn lanes at both intersections.

There’s no city share for the Gateway Drive and North 55th Street project, but Grand Forks will be responsible for paying 10%, about $104,000, of the DeMers and South Columbia Road project.

The Strata bid was only about 7 percent higher than the engineer’s estimate, said the memo.

The city will pay for this project using its street infrastructure fund.

The city of Grand Forks received bids to reconstruct University Avenue from the English Coulee to North Columbia Road earlier this month.

The lowest bid received for that project was from Opp Construction for a little less than $12 million. A third staff memo the Grand Forks City Council reviewed last Monday said that’s about 5 percent lower than the engineer’s estimate.

There will also be various improvements made going from the English Coulee to 42nd Street, beyond North Columbia Road, including aesthetic barriers to separate pedestrians from vehicle traffic, new street lights, wider, more accessible sidewalks and landscaping enhancements.

Most of the project will be special assessed to UND, according to the memo. The city is responsible for $4.1 million of that project.

The city plans to pay for it using its waterworks fund and street infrastructure fund.