- Associated Press - Wednesday, May 3, 2017

MINOT, N.D. (AP) - The logistics of keeping pedestrians and bicyclists moving back and forth across the Souris River continues to be a topic of conversation when it comes to new levees and flood walls associated with a proposed flood protection project for Minot.

While the exact locations of flood protection levees and walls in Minot are still being developed, some residents say more openings should be added to the plan, the Minot Daily News reported (https://bit.ly/2qsMbQ1 ).

Leif Snyder, a resident who supports adding another flood wall opening near downtown Minot, said the existing plan leaves northeast Minot pedestrians without good access to any of Minot’s fitness paths.

However, more openings could cause more work to close them in a flood.

Minot Public Works Director Dan Jonasson said residents are using property that belongs to the railroad to bike and walk. Jonasson said Minot doesn’t have an opening from the railroad to improve the access on that property and ensure safety. The city’s current opening is on the west side of the river. The opening takes pedestrians under the railroad bridge where the actual trail ends.

He said the city is looking into developing ways for pedestrians to go through or over the new levees.

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Information from: Minot Daily News, https://www.minotdailynews.com

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