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Construction Pushes Traffic Through Neighborhoods

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There's a lot of development going on along both sides of Veterans Boulevard. And in order to keep up with growing traffic demands, crews have, for the time being, shut down 32nd-36th Avenue South, in order to widen them from two lanes to four lanes.

And as Valley News team's Kristi Larson tells us, for some neighbors it's not bothering them to have extra construction and traffic.

Crews and trucks are working on Veterans Boulevard to widen the road for expected growth.

"A city that grows as fast as West Fargo you have to be patient with the construction." laughs Joe Kolb who lives near Veterans Boulevard.

Neighborhoods in West Fargo along 32nd Avenue are now going to see heavy traffic go through their area, neighbors say if it's too much they will change routes.

"I'm going to try and do right hand turns whenever possible, instead of trying to turn left, that seems to be a little bit more difficult, so probably going to adjust our travel a little bit." says Joe.

West Fargo Street Department says currently up to 6,000 cars drive on the road, but in 10 years they expect it to be up to 16,000. That's why expanding the road now is necessary to prepare for the future.

"You know I understand the need for construction," Joe says, "and it's a lot easier if you close a road compared to limiting traffic, but we live in a new neighborhood so we're used to building all the time."

Crews have also prepared by adjusting traffic light timing to help with the flow of cars, something Joe has noticed.

"So far what I've see they've done a good job of traffic management." He says.

The City is trying to finish their project without causing drivers too big of a headache to get around.

"it hasn't been too bad so far, the first day wasn't too hard, but if it gets worse we'll adjust." Joe says.

Once school gets out, the project expands South to 40th Avenue. The detour routes people can take to get around Veterans Boulevard are either on 45th Street South, or on Sheyenne Street. If all goes as planned, the road will open again on August 15th.

The construction project also includes placing water main and sewer infrastructure under the road, as well as adding turn lanes.

All that should be finished by October.

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