Mandan News

New bridge for Mandan

By LeAnn Eckroth
Lee News

A growth-related plan for the city of Mandan proposes a new underpass and interchange be added to the northwest part of the city and that a new bridge be built in the southeast to ease traffic congestion.

Some 20 people gathered Monday to hear an update on the Mandan Comprehensive Plan from the consultant Stantec.

Philip Carlson, a senior planner for Stantec, said projected traffic counts might merit adding a 56th Avenue interchange and a 30th Avenue underpass to the north to ease access to and near Interstate 94.

“I-94 access in northwest Mandan is crucially important,” Carlson said.

He said to ease congestion to the southeast, a new bridge might be needed to extend McKenzie Drive west to state Highway 1806 by crossing over the Heart River.

“There is significant growth south in Mandan and this would ease the traffic for Third Street and Main Street,” Carlson said.

He said the study shows Mandan’s population could grow to 28,000 people by 2030 and add 5,100 new households

In a separate segment of the presentation, Stuart Krahn of Stantec said Mandan’s park space is healthy for its 19,000 people now — 377 acres or 20 acres per 1,000 people. However, the city will need more.

Krahn suggested that by 2020, Mandan will need to add 120 to 140 acres of park space and 24 miles of trails. By 2030, he said the city may need to add a total of 194 more acres of park space and 29 miles of trails.

He said in the long term, three more community-sized parks might be needed along with eight more smaller neighborhood parks to meet growing recreation demands.

The comprehensive plan also discussed managing growth and development, community character, land uses and maintaining infrastructure.

Carlson said the final plan should be completed in about three months before it is presented to the Mandan City Commission for adoption.

For more information about the draft plan, visit mandan.mindmixer.com