Main Street To Be Closed For Month

Work on a second Sheyenne Riverbank Stabilization project along Main Street will begin Monday, Jan. 14.
According to Erik Gilbertson of city engineering firm Kadrmas, Lee and Jackson, the contractor will be installing steel sheeting to repair erosion that has taken place along the Sheyenne River. Main Street in Valley City will be closed for about one month. Traffic will be detoured to Second Street Northwest from Fifth Avenue Northwest to Central Avenue.
Access to businesses will be maintained during construction work.
The new project links up with a completed Sheyenne Riverbank stabilization project done jointly by Valley City and the Barnes County Soil Conservation District for the riverbank stabilization that includes bioengineering.
Lori Franks, of the Valley City Natural Resources Conservation Service Soil Conservation District office, said that project was spearheaded by the Barnes County Soil Conservation District, and is being funded by a watershed grant from the federal Environmental Protection Agency.
Valley City City Administrator David Schelkoph said 60 percent of those costs will be paid by the state of North Dakota, a small portion ($6,000 to $7,000) would come from city taxpayers, and the remainder would come from property owners.
The state share is coming from the Soil Conservation District, which is participating because the project will use a mix of bioengineering and more traditional riverbank stabilization methods to accomplish the job.
Jay Beyer of Bismarck, a representative of one of the old Elks building property owners, said the stabilization would go south from the old Elks walking bridge behind the former Elks building (now an apartment building), along the city-owned property and behind the next piece of property.
Gilbertson said the new project will install sheeting between the footbridge and current wall in place, and pick up again on the site of the former professional dog grooming operation.
All funds for construction will come from a special community development block grant totaling $253,422, Gilbertson said.