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Plan on joining the Planning Department at the Town Square Farmers Market City Hall Pop-Up this
Saturday, August 4th from 9:00am to 1:00pm
DeMers Avenue & South Third Street in downtown Grand Forks.
Look for the bright red & white umbrella to share your opinion.
As part of the Governor's Mainstreet Initiative and NDMoves campaign, the City of Grand Forks has partnered with the NDDOT and a NDDOT funded consultant to temporarily test out potential changes to our community.
At certain locations in downtown Grand Forks, crossing DeMers Avenue can be daunting. Curb extensions help reduce the distance a pedestrian crossing the street is in the roadway and can calm traffic.
Implementation was Wednesday, July 18th and will be active with the last day of the demonstration at and around Monday, August 20th.
High visibility bump-outs have been installed at the intersection of 3rd Street and DeMers Avenue, as well as bump-outs and art in the area. The bump-outs are on South Third Street both in the north & south areas of DeMers Avenue. Also on the corner of South Third Street and Kittson Avenue. The City of Grand Forks Planner Stephanie Halford explains that the project is designed to make the intersections more pedestrian friendly while keeping vehicular traffic moving.
The City has partnered with several organizations with this project. The Mainstreet Challenge awardees, winners of a contest put on by Evolve Grand Forks and the Economic Development Corporation, painted benches and flowerpots that have been placed along Third Street for the event. The Grand Forks Central Summer Art class has painted the art in the area of Town Square for the demonstration.
City Planning staff has taken pedestrian, vehicle, and speed data prior to the event and will continue to gather data during the event time period to analyze the effects of the temporary changes. Public input will also be gathered during the event.
The expense for this event has been minimal staff time and grant partnership funding of $4000 from AARP and another $1000 from the ND Health Department. This is no cost to residents in Grand Forks. Various city departments are working together with this grant funding.
If you have questions or are seeking more information please call the City Planning Department at 701-746-2661 or by email.
This project provides the chance for area residents to experience what an otherwise permanent installation would be like. The public is encouraged to test out the areas and provide feedback between now and mid-August.