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101 1st St NE
Box 12
Bowman, ND 58623-0012

City prepares for more infrastructure improvements

May 29, 2015



Pioneer Editor |

Jon Brosz of Brosz Engineering gave the city of Bowman some good news and some bad news this week.

Brosz addressed the city commission during a special meeting Wednesday morning to give an update on some of the city’s upcoming projects.

With Commission President Lyn James absent, Commissioner Mike Sondeland led the meeting.

Brosz began with an overview of the 11th Avenue project in which crews will reconstruct and improve the ailing road.

An additional $300,000 to $450,000 would likely be spent on the project, according to Brosz, for the additional and replacement of some fire hydrant valves. Sidewalks will also be added on the east side of 11th Avenue, contributing to the increased cost.

After bids are opened by the city June 15—and potentially awarded the following day—the plan is to get started on the street’s dirtwork. Asphalt currently lining the road will be ground up, salvaged and stockpiled until the dirtwork is complete. Since paving is likely not to begin until summer 2016, the asphalt would be returned to cover the road for the winter months.

When the road is finished, Brosz said, it would be constructed of six inches of the ground-up asphalt, three inches of gravel and three inches of normal asphalt.

James previously stated publically that 11th Avenue was not done properly when it was fixed in the 1980s, after the area’s first oil boom. Since then there’s only been occasional patching, according to Bowman City Auditor Peggy Allen.

While that project is on schedule, it wasn’t all good news from Brosz during the meeting.

Following last November’s massive line break inside the city park, the commissioners took preventative measures to ensure something of that scale would never happen again so unexpectedly. A crew was brought in to run cameras through portions of the city’s lines to inspect for cracks, breaks or other problems.

Two big problems were since discovered.

A large break was identified in line running under a section of residential property located on Block 84 of West Divide, just north of Bowman County High School.

A full section of the sewer line’s top fell off and is only being held together by earth. As Brosz told the commissioners, the issue is the break’s location—near a power pole, a main gas line and several utility lines.

“It’s old, aging that has to be dealt with,” said Bill Mason, city water and sewer supervisor.

The second break was a four-foot break found in line that runs under the alley between 8th and 9th Avenues on Block 85. Its biggest challenge was how crews would access the area.

Brosz said a potential solution would be to reroute lines running down a portion of Divide Street, which would cost hundreds-of-thousands of dollars and require tearing up about one-and-a-half blocks of Divide.

That would affect many landowners in the area. Though, Brosz noted it was only an idea; more investigation of the breaks is needed before a definite fix is planned.

People need to know what’s going on before they turn on their faucet and have no water, Commissioner Chuck Whitney said, applauding the work of Brosz and the water and sewer department.

The commissioners took no action during the meeting. Brosz said he would get more specific details and present them to the city in the coming weeks.