The first of the new concrete was poured Wednesday, on HWY 20, College Drive, in Devils Lake. Strata crews were pouring “mud” for the middle lane last Wednesday, Sept. 19, on the south side of the underpass, from HWY 19 south to 2nd St. NE.

The first of the new concrete was poured Wednesday, on HWY 20, College Drive, in Devils Lake.  Strata crews were pouring “mud” for the middle lane last Wednesday, Sept. 19, on the south side of the underpass, from HWY 19 south to 2nd St. NE.

“The middle lane will be completed today,” said a crew member.  “Thursday, we’ll go north while this sets up, then weather permitting we’ll get the rest done.   A week or so will be needed for the concrete to set up and for sealing before we can equipment on it.  But it should be all finished in a couple of weeks.”

A segment of ND Highway 20 at the Devils Lake Underpass will continue to be closed as crews work on placing the concrete for the project.  The segment of Hwy 20 that will be closed is from 2nd St. NW to 6th St. NE.  Hwy 19 will also be closed to through traffic starting at 3rd Ave. NW. 

“The contractors are working diligently on the road surface,” said Mike Grafsgaard.  “They want to get College Drive (Highway 20) open and ready for use.”  Grafsgaard is the City of Devils Lake Public Works Director.  

Grafsgaard said he knows how frustrated the public has been about the closure, and this week with other street closures around the city for resurfacing projects.  He said there was some discussion on opening roadways for one-way traffic during construction, and this last phase for College Drive.  “Keeping them closed makes for safer driving and lets the work go faster,” he said.  “And in my opinion that helps get us a better product, a better road, in the end.  That’s why all these little projects, like 5th Avenue this week, were closed.  It did inconvenience folks, but the contractors were able to get the work done faster.”