COLUMBUS – A longterm Columbus roads project is continuing to receive input from the community.
Tuesday afternoon, the NDOT held a public information open house meeting at the American Legion regarding potential improvements to 23rd Street. Attendees were encouraged to discuss their thoughts on the project with NDOT officials, and were given the option to submit written comments for the NDOT’s consideration when putting the project together.
The project calls for a reconstruction of 2.69 miles of 23rd Street, starting just east of the Highway 81 junction, and extending just east of the East 11th Avenue intersection. The NDOT says that the project would provide an improved roadway corridor for both vehicular and pedestrian travel, and would also enhance connectivity.
The NDOT expects the average daily traffic of 23rd Street to increase to over 23,000 vehicles per day by 2021, and to increase once more to over 25,200 vehicles per day by 2041. The NDOT says that reconstruction is needed to improve the reliability of such a heavily traveled roadway.
The cost of the project is approximately $18.5 million, and would include new sidewalks with curb ramps, storm sewer drainage improvements, updated street lights, the modification of existing turn lanes, and the addition of new turn lanes.
The project is tentatively scheduled for the 2022 and 2023 construction seasons.