Study Purpose

The Bismarck-Mandan Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) and the City of Bismarck are leading an effort to transform the downtown area into a vibrant place where people want to live, work and be entertained. The effort will:

  • Address issues such as parking, traffic, quiet rail, transit, walking and biking downtown
  • Identify opportunities for new public gathering spaces, “greening” downtown streets, a transit hub, and encouraging people to live downtown
  • Be comprehensive, by integrating transportation, land use and urban design into a coordinated vision
  • Focus on implementation from day one and provide a realistic implementation strategy  that identifies the necessary public investments to inspire  investor confidence and stimulate significant private investment within the first five years of Study adoption


The Downtown Bismarck Sub-Area Study is being administered by the Bismarck-Mandan MPO and the City of Bismarck.  This project is funded by a federal grant and matching funds from the City of Bismarck.


Crandall Arambula, recognized nationally for their work revitalizing cities has been selected to lead the study effort. Crandall Arambula will be supported  by SRF Consulting, a local multidisciplinary engineering firm providing traffic, complete streets, and regulatory planning services; Übl Design Group, P.C., a local architecture firm and project architect for the Civic Center Expansion will provide architectural concept design services; Nelson/Nygaard  will provide transit center planning and recently completed the Bismarck-Mandan transit study plan –Mobility 2017


Jason Graf, Crandall Arambula

Steve Saunders, Bismarck-Mandan MPO


There are three main phases to this project: Starting, Designing and Implementing.
The Starting Phase -Create the game plan!
The Designing Phase- Evaluate the possibilities!
The Implementing Phase- Make it happen!


Bismark Downtown Master Plan_Schedule_ForWeb


Other Resources

Bismarck-Mandan MPO website
City of Bismarck website