The project planned this summer to put northern Sheyenne Street on a diet will have to wait until 2021 after the city found aging infrastructure will need to be updated.

In 2018, the city began considering a project that would narrow Sheyenne Street and widen sidewalks on the street from Main Avenue to Seventh Avenue.

The city received a $2.4 million grant from the North Dakota Department of Transportation's Urban Grant Program to help offset the $3.35 million estimated price tag.

"This project was basically delayed in terms of schedule," City Engineer Dustin Scott said Monday, Feb. 3. "We are no longer planning for the 2020 construction season, we are now just planning the 2021 season."

Scott said after completing the core infrastructure study, it found the area's major infrastructure, such as storm drains and water pipes, needs to be replaced and made bigger.

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"(The project) will be less of a resurfacing and will include more reconstruction," Scott said.

Commissioner Brad Olson asked if delaying the diet plan would affect the city's grant. Scott said as long as the city and NDDOT opens bids for the project by the end of the year, the city will remain eligible for the grant.

The city held informational meetings for the public in January 2019 after receiving the grant. Scott said additional public meetings will be held in the near future to update residents about the project.

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