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Moorhead Broke Ground Today on SE Main|20 St|21 St Underpass

3-year project will improve traffic safety, emergency response, and efficiency

Post Date:07/16/2018 11:15 am


Here are some facts on the underpass project:

  • The existing intersection is 1 of about 20 diagonal at-grade railroad crossings in the state of Minnesota.
  • This project is the largest transportation project in the history of Moorhead.  The total cost from initial study & design to construction is $72.9M.  Funding breakdown: 
    • State of MN $48.3M
    • Federal $5.5M
    • City of Moorhead $13.4M
    • BNSF $5.7M
  • 335,000 cubic yards of dirt will be removed for underpass, which will be 30 feet at deepest point.
  • Project materials include 1,500 tons of steel.
  • There will be 418,000 square feet of concrete paving and 19 miles of concrete piling.
  • The railroad will stay operational during construction by means of “shoofly” (temporary track).
  • The construction period will be approximately 3 years.  SE Main|20|21 St intersection will be closed to most traffic movements years 1 and 2.
  • The City's Consultants are SRF Consulting Group and Braun Intertec.
  • The primary contractor is Ames Construction.

Individuals who may be impacted by the project are encouraged to sign up or update their City e-Notification preference to include the new category "20/21 St Underpass Construction."  The City will be providing weekly updates on detours and other important project information. 

Media contact:  Lisa Bode 218.299.5372

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