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I94 Construction Delays

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One day into a major construction project on I-94 in Fargo and already people fed up with the traffic. Its' a three phase project stretching the entire 5-mile width of Fargo. It started with fixing the pedestrian bridge that goes over interstate, will then move to patch work, then to the tri-level I-94 and I-29 interchange. The project is expected to take the entire summer and cause a lot of delays.

Mandy Hageman of Moorhead says, "It took me about twice as long... It's kind of a pain in the butt."

Hageman goes to school in Fargo, and I94 is her first choice, but thanks to construction, she might try to find another route.

"Every summer. It's like I don't understand what they have to do," says Hageman.

The North Dakota Department of Transportation is starting a summer long construction project on I94, and delays are expected the entire time.

"I mean what do they say about the Midwest. Two season: winter and road construction," says Dale Cysewski of Fargo.

So how long does it really take? Valley News Live took a drive from University to 25th Street. At times, we came to a halt, but crawled at a steady pace of about 15 miles per hour through much of it, and on a drive that usually takes 1-2 minutes, it took us over five.

Cysewski says "If you want to get anywhere fast you better get a helicopter."

For many who drive on I94, they say it's it pretty good shape.

Hageman says, "Is this necessary? It doesn't seem like there is really anything to fix."

NDDOT Project Engineer, Justin Oss, says, "There are some spots that need a little attention."

He says even though roads don't seem bad, they need it.

"You start out with a little crack, you get some water in there and some freeze-thaw action," says Oss.

While this is going on, the DOT is asking you to be patient, take it easy and follow the speed limit, because if you don't...

"If we noticed that people are going outrageously fast and we get complaints from the workers, we will call highway patrol," says Oss.

One thing to keep in mind is that during this construction, drivers will be very close to construction workers. If you speed, on top of getting pulled over and ticketed, you're also putting people's lives in danger.

Ninety percent of this project is paid for using federal grants. The remaining 10% is paid by the state.

If you're wondering why city streets with potholes aren't being fixed instead, that's because the DOT only handles interstates and highways.

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