Sheyenne Road bike path strikes ahead
On the fee’s first November assembly, Metropolis Engineer Dustin Scott mentioned the town started planning for the undertaking in 2014 when it utilized for a grant that may assist pay for enhancements to Sheyenne from Seventh Avenue to thirteenth Avenue South.
“I can go to only about another a part of West Fargo and discover vital investments which have been made on paths meant to attach our neighborhood. I feel it is a good undertaking and it brings a motorcycle path — that to some individuals is as essential as roads, as a result of some individuals do not drive — to part of city that actually wants one,” Commissioner Eric Gjerdevig mentioned.
Commissioners have waivered on assist for including a motorcycle path or prolonged walkway for about $580,000 alongside the northern Sheyenne Road route regardless of receiving a roughly $232,000 grant from the state of North Dakota.
Commissioner Brad Olson mentioned he feared passing on the grant may affect the town’s eligibility for future grants.
“If we move on that, the chance of getting a grant like that, we would not get it once more. That’s my worry,” he mentioned.
Metropolis Administrator Tina Fisk mentioned the town’s portion of the undertaking will probably be paid for by metropolis gross sales tax.
Particular assessments should not part of the undertaking, Mayor Bernie Dardis burdened.
“Residents is not going to be assessed something in any respect for this undertaking,” he mentioned.
Nevertheless, Commissioner Mark Simmons, the one commissioner who voted in opposition to the undertaking, mentioned he sees quite a lot of different enhancements that must be accomplished in that space and felt these ought to take precedence over a motorcycle path.
“If I’ve a alternative between a road and a walkway, I’ll go for the road each time,” Simmons mentioned. “We will put in a walkway if we now have the luxurious first.”
After realizing the bike path leads on to a metropolis park and Eastwood Elementary College, Dardis mentioned the addition is a wanted profit to the north facet of West Fargo.
“(It is) an amenity for the general public but it surely focuses on transportation to one in all our metropolis parks and a metropolis faculty,” Dardis mentioned. “We have made facilities like this on the south facet, and I agree it is a good undertaking for the north facet.”
Commissioner Mandy George mentioned West Fargo College district workers requested the fee to assist the undertaking.
Building will start on the undertaking within the spring, and it’s anticipated to be open by fall 2021.
In different development information:
The intersection of First Road East and Pyle Lane East within the River’s Bend improvement was modified to a four-way cease Monday, Nov. 9.
Due to this modification, the two-way cease at McLeod Drive East and Second Road East will change from stopping north-south visitors to stopping east-west visitors. Moreover, indicators warning motorists of the oncoming cease indicators will probably be added close by.
The adjustments had been made after the Metropolis of West Fargo studied the intersections and factored within the elevated constructing within the improvement and the opposite present visitors management parts within the neighborhood.
If a resident observes visitors violations that threaten security, they’re inspired to name 701-433-5500 to report the violation to the West Fargo Police Division.