The City of Grand Forks has received comments concerning the need to make improvements on S Columbia Road and 47th Avenue S to allow pedestrian and bicycle traffic to cross more safely.  To better understand what type of improvements should be pursued, if any, we are seeking your input about potential improvements for pedestrian and bicycle safety in the Discovery Elementary and South Middle School areas.  Potential pedestrian and bicycle safety improvements may include modifications to existing traffic signals, additional signage, implementation of a crossing guard program using volunteer parents, high-intensity activated crosswalk (HAWK) systems, and/or pedestrian underpasses.  We anticipate that most improvements could be accomplished utilizing City funding however; due to the significant cost of pedestrian underpasses and the limited City funding available, any pedestrian underpass projects would likely need to be special assessed to the benefitting property owners.


Public Meeting:

To gather your input, the City is holding two input meetings at the following times and locations:

 Tuesday, September 12, 2017, at 7:00 PM
South Middle School
South Cafeteria
1999 47th Avenue South
Grand Forks, ND

Thursday, September 14, 2017, at 7:00 PM
Discovery Elementary School
Cafeteria, Use East Parking Lot and Door 7
3300 43rd Avenue South
Grand Forks, ND


To also gather your input, we welcome you to participate in a short informational survey on this topic by going to https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/GFPedX.  If you desire to complete the survey in written form, you may obtain a written copy of the form by contacting Mike Korman, CPS, Ltd, at (701) 746-7459 or by email at mike.korman@cpsengineering.net.


Written Comments:

If you are unable to attend either of the meetings or to complete the survey but wish to provide comments, written comments may be sent on or before September 29, 2017 via mail to Mike Korman, CPS, Ltd., 308 2nd Ave. N, Grand Forks, ND 58203 or via email to mike.korman@cpsengineering.net.  Please note “Pedestrian and Bicycle Safety Public Input” in mail and email subject headings.


Potential Underpass Locations and Special Assessment District:

Although no decisions have been made whether to install pedestrian underpasses, or their location(s), or whether to special assess the costs, or who might be special assessed; potential pedestrian underpass locations and a potential special assessment district are depicted below.

Meeting Invitation Letter & Map