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Construction on Main Avenue in West Fargo Finished

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Main Avenue in West Fargo is officially re-opening Monday morning and will be a cone-free zone. The need for the proposed reconstruction of Main Avenue was driven by a number of deficiencies along the project corridor.

The complete reconstruction of Main Avenue between 6th St. E. and 45th St. in West Fargo improves traffic flow through the corridor, create direct business access, improve area drainage and most importantly increase safety of the traveling public.

Along with roadway safety, the project has added new street lights, traffic lights, and ADA accessible multi-use pedestrian paths. The project included the removal of most of the frontage road throughout the area to eliminate many unneeded conflict points on the roadway.

Monday, November 5 at 1:30 p.m. the City of West Fargo and the NDDOT will host a ribbon cutting to celebrate the completion of the project. Governor Dalrymple and Senator Hoeven will be speaking at the event, along with representatives from NDDOT.


West Fargo Main Avenue Reconstruction Moves Completely into Phase 1A

Monday April 23 all traffic will be head-to-head on frontage roads

(FARGO, N.D.) – The North Dakota Department of Transportation (NDDOT) – Fargo District – would like to update the traveling public on the West Fargo Main Avenue reconstruction project. Starting Monday, April 23 at 7AM CST, the project will move into the second half of Phase 1A and the following will occur:

  • Traffic will be re-directed to the north frontage between 45th St. E. to 12th St. E. Traffic will now be head-to-head, one lane in each direction on this stretch of the frontage road.
  • Traffic will still be re-directed to the south frontage road from 12th St. E. through 5th St. E.
  • The south frontage road between 17th St. E. and 45th St. N. will remain open to traffic with one lane in each direction.

With traffic lights removed and four-way stops signs present, motorists should anticipate congestion and may experience brief delays.

The traveling public should use caution when traveling through the construction zone. Flaggers are present in the work zone and speeds are reduced to 25 mph.

To follow the project progression, please visit the project phase maps.

The scope of work for 2012 includes the complete reconstruction of Main Ave. between 6th St. E. and 45th St. N., including removal of most of the frontage road.

The need for the Main Ave. reconstruction is driven by a number of deficiencies along the project corridor. These include deteriorated pavement, poor intersection geometrics, uncontrolled access, inadequate drainage and a lack of pedestrian/bicycle facilities.

Weather dependent, project work will continue through Oct. 2012.

Stay updated – Motorists have the option to choose the way they prefer to receive instant alerts about NDDOT projects in the Fargo metro area.

  • · Text ‘FargoDOT' to 66746 to receive alerts on your mobile device for Fargo area DOT projects.
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  • · Visit NDDOTFargo.com for project information, detour maps and the latest project status. You can sign up to receive email updates on the website.


Some drivers may want to re-route starting Monday. A stretch of Main Avenue in West Fargo from 45th Street to 6th Street East is going under construction.

One of the reasons for the project is the frontage road. Getting in and out of it can be tough and sometimes dangerous because there's no turning lane. A lot of people agree that when this project is finished, the road will be a lot better. But a lot of the businesses along Main Avenue are afraid of what's going to happen while the construction is going on.

Game To Go Owner, Barry Bach, says, "It'll be tight and bumpy, I'm sure."

At "Games to Go" in West Fargo, they're constantly running trucks and trailers out their parking lot, down the frontage road and then finally on their way out. That's why Bach is anticipating a summer road project.

Bach says, "It's really difficult to describe how to get here. It will be nice to have a new road and some access."

While Barry's excited for the long term, many of his neighbors are worried about the short term. Construction crews will be tearing up Main Avenue, and at times it will be blocking business. But the DOT says they're going to try their best to help them.

Joe Peyerl with the North Dakota Department of Travel says, "We'll have temporary access for all the people who have accesses. We'll have maps posted and meetings so businesses will be able to inform their customers how to get there."

One of the biggest changes you'll see is on the frontage road.

Peyerl says, "The frontage road, this frontage road in front of these businesses will not exist."

Besides that, the most notable changes you'll see are more turning lanes and a smoother ride. Until then... You might want to choose a different route.

Peyerl says, "I would highly suggest that. It will be one lane each direction at 25 miles an hour so it will have a lot less capacity."

"I think it will be great long term. It will be worth the hassle," says Bach.

Starting Monday, the street will be filled with more orange cones. And by Wednesday or Thursday, you'll start seeing the big delays that Joe was talking about because during construction, the amount of lanes will be cut in half.

Tuesday evening, property owners along Main Avenue met with West Fargo city leaders to address any concerns about the project.

"It's gonna be kind of hectic here for the next four months," said Russ Johnson, Co-Owner of Jemco, Inc. "Luckily, it is going to be only the next four months."

Johnson was referring to the amount of time his business will be impacted. The entire project will last even longer.

Of course, a timely completion will, in part, depend on Mother Nature.

"Hopefully, we won't have a lot of rain this year," said Johnson. "Hopefully, we won't have a lot of issues that we're gonna have to overcome."

His thoughts were similar to others who attended the meeting, all knowing there will be some rough times during construction, but at the same time knowing there's a light at the end of the tunnel.

"It's gonna be a great project once it's completed," said Johnson. "And I hope they can get at it in a timely fashion, and I hope they don't have any major issues."

The project is expected to last into November.

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