After months of roadwork, traffic is set to be open in both directions on DeMers Avenue by the end of the day on Friday, Nov. 15.
Staff at Strata Corporation, which is overseeing the reconstruction of the downtown Grand Forks street, said the plan is to have both lanes of traffic completely open by nightfall.
Crews will still be working to rebuild sidewalks on the north side of DeMers, and corporation staff aim to wrap that up in the next week or two. They’re also waiting to receive new traffic signals and lightpoles.
The reconstruction project began in May, resulting in road closure from Third to Sixth streets. In October, workers installed temporary traffic lights to allow alternating pulses of traffic to head back and forth along that stretch of DeMers.
The total project cost is an estimated $9.9 million, according to Grand Forks engineering staff. Of that, $8 million is set to be paid by the federal government, $900,000 by the state and $1 million by the city.
Beyond that, the city paid a consultant $88,000 to design the newly reconstructed road’s “streetscape” -- the aesthetic of the sidewalks, trees, benches and trash cans. The state was set to pick up that tab, but the city agreed to pay for it in exchange for moving the reconstruction project up by a year to accommodate a development on the 500 block of DeMers that will include a Hugo’s grocery store, an Alerus bank branch and apartment buildings.