The public will have a chance to tell city officials how they think the local share of a $5.4 million project on northern Sheyenne Street could be paid for.

City officials received a $2.4 million 2020 Urban Grant from the North Dakota Department of Transportation in 2018 to narrow Sheyenne Street from Main Avenue to Seventh Avenue South on Sheyenne Street.

An informational meeting on the project, which could start by next spring, will be open to the public from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 25, at City Hall.

The $5.6 million project would narrow Sheyenne Street, revamp sidewalks, parking, lighting and add traffic control and a bus stop at Seventh Avenue.

City Engineer Dustin Scott said the narrowing the street from its 45-foot width to about 22 feet would help safety and walkability in an area that city officials have deemed "downtown West Fargo."

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"It lessens the crossing distance for pedestrians," he said.

Additional parking could also be added along Sheyenne Street through the design.

Construction costs would be about $4.4 million and the Seventh Avenue intersection would be about $1.8 million. Including utlities, land and professional services, the total cost of the project is expected to be about $5.6 million. Minus the grant, the city or local share would have to come up with about $3.2 million, Scott said.

Scott said the local share could be funded by sales taxes and/or possible special assessments on the Seventh Avenue intersection portion.

"It would come from a city fund source," Scott said. "Sales tax is the most common, but it could come out of other funds."

The project is slated to be finished by fall 2020.