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Published February 22, 2011, 03:26 PM

GF City Council Discusses 42nd Street Overpass Project

Grand Forks is considering a project that would prevent drivers from having to stop for trains on 42nd Street. The project would cost $21-23 million plus engineering and land, which would have to be purchased from neighboring owners.

Grand Forks is considering a $23 million project that would prevent drivers from having to stop for trains on 42nd Street.

The city council looked at seven proposals for an overpass or underpass at the intersection of Demers Avenue and 42nd Street Tuesday night.

The project would cost $21-23 million plus engineering and land, which would have to be purchased from neighboring owners.

The City will also look into how those property owners would be affected, including the University of North Dakota and Ray Richards Golf Course.

The council doesn't plan to choose a site until June.

"In regards to the Ray Richards Golf Course, they understand some of these options may have an impact to the golf course, but that might be a beneficial impact to the rest of the university," Grand Forks City engineer Mark Walker said.

"Build nothing needs to be included in the option because with the money spent and everything we're going to do, is that better than the occasional train that goes by every now and again," Council member Terry Bjerke said.

The city council also Tuesday night approved a new small dog park and heard that the city plans to stockpile 100,000 sandbags before the end of March.

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