As the business district near Underwood, North Dakota, expanded along a highway, a growing stream of cars and trucks mixed with cyclists and pedestrians on a frontage road. A recent Great River Energy concrete donation resulted in a new multi-purpose recreation trail and a safe path for biking and walking.
The project came about as residents and local businesses expressed safety concerns due to the busy traffic on the road. The path was completed in June.
Other local businesses and grants helped fund the project.
Two other Great River Energy-supported projects are in the works in neighboring communities of Washburn and Hazen.
The Washburn Park Board, in coordination with the city and school, is constructing a building for concessions at a local ballpark. Great River Energy is donating concrete for the base of the building. The field is used for various parks and rec and school programs and tournaments.
Great River Energy also donated concrete to assist Hazen Parks and Recreation in adding cart paths at the Hazen Golf Course.