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NP Avenue in Downtown Fargo Converts to Two Lanes

NP Avenue in Downtown Fargo Converts to Two Lanes

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Pavement marking crews are on NP Avenue between Broadway and University Drive on Tuesday converting it from a 2 + 1 to a two lane roadway. Temporary “No Parking” signs will also be added between 10th Street and Broadway giving crews access to stripe a white parking lane line.

This lane reduction project was approved by the Fargo City Commission and is a trial to see how NP Avenue will operate with just 2 lanes. City officials and business representatives are in the process of determining which traffic pattern NP Avenue should be designed for when it is completely reconstructed, and this trial is a part of that process. 

In addition to the new road markings, temporary rubber curbs and flexible delineators will be installed along NP Avenue later this week to narrow the roadway, making the trial more realistic. The rubber curbs and delineators will be removed in October in preparation for the winter plowing season. The markings are planned to be completed by Wednesday afternoon at which time traffic will shift to two lanes.

A complete, updated list of Fargo street closures can be found at www.FargoStreets.com.


The summer's road construction schedule includes a big project in downtown Fargo. A couple of the major arteries will go from one-way to two-way traffic, starting with 1st Avenue North and leading into NP Avenue.

The idea for the project is pretty cut and dry. Fargo city engineers want to make downtown more accessible, by turning some one-ways into two-ways. City of Fargo Traffic Engineer Jeremy Gordon says part of the idea for change is to make the city less confusing.

"For people from out of town they don't understand the one-ways as well as us locals. So I think there is confusion for folks visiting. Making the wrong turns. What street is what," Gordon says.

There will be some minor lane closures on NP Avenue and 1st Avenue North between University and Second Street North. Kristy Schmidt a Civil Engineer for the city of Fargo says it will hopefully wrap up by late September. But folks downtown will notice some of the changes being made.

"On First Avenue it will be two lanes on west bound. And one lane in the east bound direction. And vice versa on NP Avenue. It will be two east bound and one west bound," Schmidt explains.

Gordon says the soon to be changes also have much to do with the current amount of traffic on those roads.

"These are kinda underutilized corridors from the business and development stand point. You really don't need three lanes of one way traffic to get through. Our downtown it's over built," he said. 

Things will slow down a bit as new stop lights are put up, striping get's put down, and old signs, become a thing of downtown Fargo's past.

"These streets used to be two way streets in the 1950's and then as cars got more prevalent the city commission wanted to make travel in downtown better," says Gordon.

So here's hoping that a new look, and new direction to drive downtown, is a little less confusing for all of us. Other construction projects are kicking off soon too. Veterans Boulevard in West Fargo will begin on Wednesday. In Moorhead, Main Avenue construction is set to start on May 20. So slow down out there, typically traffic fines double in construction zones.

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