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Some WF Students to See Backed Up Traffic on Veterans Blvd

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A week from today, school will have started for kids in West Fargo. Parents are already calculating drive-time in the area of Veteran's Blvd.

Road crews have been busy for months widening a stretch from 32nd Ave to 40th Ave S. That work isn't completely done; but on Friday, one-lane traffic will return in each direction.

Valley News Team's Hope Hanselman looked into how much time you can expect to sit in traffic as you bring your kids to school.

"There's been a lot of complaints from people saying that Veterans has been backed up, they can't get down it," Tammi Jones, a parent living near construction, said.

The summer of road closures, detours and an extra 20 minutes to Tammi Jones's commute is finally coming to an end.

"I've been known to go back to 52nd Avenue and go around. It's just been a really frustrating ordeal to deal with," Tammi said.

Though, the blockades around her teenage daughter's new school don't look too promising.

"Just this morning, I had mentioned to my daughter, I said, "I don't know how they're ever going to get this open by Monday for Back to School Night, and then Tuesday morning."

And feeling the pressure, Public Works employees are assuring parents, like Tammi, they'll be open by Friday.

"These guys are working seven days a week. We gave them special permission to work on Sunday, and no one works on Sunday. So, long hours from sun up to sun down," Chris Brungardt, Assistant Public Works Director, said.

What they're not sure about: "we don't know how many children are going to be riding the bus, we don't know how many parents are going to be dropping them off at the middle school," Brungardt said.

Crews say they'll monitor traffic, adjust stop signs and retime lights accordingly. But, patience will be necessary.

"Tuesday, give yourself a little extra time," Brungardt said. "You always need a little extra time the first day of school. Give yourself extra because there are surely going to be a lot of back-ups."

"We're only a mile from the school, but I'm thinking it's going to take us 20 or 30 minutes to get there anyways, because of backed up traffic," Tammi said.

The two schools most impacted by the ongoing work are Liberty Middle and Sheyenne High School in West Fargo.

Next Tuesday, which is the first day of classes, Liberty officials are asking parents to drop students off on the East side of school. Staff is to park on the West side, which is where buses will be looping.

At Sheyenne High School, parents are asked to drop students off in the East side.

But, for anyone hoping to use Veteran's Blvd., crews are asking drivers to continue using those detours until all lanes are open to traffic. They say that should be in about two weeks.

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