BEMIDJI-The Beltrami County Board of Commissioners had a snapshot of future road projects at its Tuesday meeting.
Bruce Hasbargen, Beltrami County engineer, showed the board upcoming road projects in the next five years. Additionally, Hasbargen introduced new projects that had yet to be added to the county's list of roadwork to receive sales tax funds.
Hasbargen said the following projects have been listed for 2017:
• Three and a half miles of grading and bituminous surfacing on County Highway 39. This project was included on the sales tax project list.
• A half mile of widening shoulders on County Highway 36. This project was also included on the sales tax project list.
• Resurfacing on a 2.9 mile stretch of County Highway 24. This project has been added since the county's first sales tax project list.
• Another 5.5 mile resurfacing project on County Highway 24. This project was also added after the first sales tax project list.
• One and a half miles of traffic improvements and resurfacing on County Highway 7. This is a new project and needs to be added to the county's five year plan.
The total cost of these projects in 2017, as well as work on warning sign additions and grading for an aggregate base, comes to $13,460,000.
On Tuesday, Hasbargen made a request to re-adopt the sales tax with an updated list of projects, such as the ones added to 2017. The board will make its decision on whether to adopt the sales tax project list and the five year plan at its Dec. 13 meeting.
The presentation on future road projects was the first of two from Hasbargen Tuesday. The second topic was a request for direction on whether he should send in an application for funding on a pedestrian trail to Bemidji High School and the new Gene Dillon Elementary School.
Hasbargen said his department submitted a letter of intent for funding from the Transportation Alternatives Program for a $600,000 pedestrian and bicycle trail. The two mile, multi-use paved trail would be along Division street and start at the edge of one of Bemidji's trails, continuing to the new Gene Dillon Elementary School.
If the county wanted to proceed with the project, Hasbargen said a full application would need to be sent in by Jan. 13. However, the consensus from the board was to have Hasbargen not submit an application and instead hold more discussions on the subject with the city of Bemidji and Bemidji Area Schools.
The county board's next meeting is scheduled for Dec. 13.