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Fargo Construction: 19th Avenue North and More

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 FARGO, N.D. (Valley News Live) - The spring season is upon us, meaning orange cones and detour signs are starting to show. Fargo is planning six major construction projects for this this spring and summer, with costs estimated to go as high as $40 million.

The three busiest construction zones will be on 25th Street South, 19th Avenue North, and Main Avenue.

19th Avenue North Project

The 19th Avenue North project is schedule to start first, will construction between 10th and 18th Streets North beginning on April 25, 2014.
Water lines will be replaced, and the road will be rebuilt with new medians and a safer crosswalk for Fargodome event attendees.

"When people are across the street at bars and restaurants, they cross wherever they want, says Fargo transportation engineer Jeremy Gorden. "We saw the concept down at the Twin Cities to put in a median with a fence and getting people to a safer crossing." 

The 20,000 drivers that travel on 19th Avenue North will see the construction completed in three phases. The first phase will go from 16th to 18th Streets North, followed by 10th Street North and University Drive. During that time, westbound traffic will retain access to the road, however eastbound traffic will be detoured to 17th Avenue North. The final phase is set for the end of June and will completely close down 19th Avenue North between 16th Street North and University Drive. Traffic will be detoured to 21st Avenue North during this time.

What does all this construction mean for the numerous concerts and events planned this summer at the Fargodome?

Gorden says planning the construction in phases was a good idea.

"The one good thing is we are doing this in phases, so once the first phase is done, we will have access to the Dome, and you can get there from 18th and 16th Street," Gorden explains. "We think that will be okay."

The Fargodome manager Rob Sobolik says they plan to give updates on traffic and parking prior to the big events. 

Other Projects

Along 25th Street South in Fargo, drivers will see the road widen to six lanes between 17th and 23rd Avenues South. (Click this story's embedded link to read more on this.)

Main Avenue will see a four-week resurfacing project stretching from University Drive to 25th Street South during which the four-lane road will go down to two lanes, one in each direction. The resurfacing is a temporary measure meant to keep Main Avenue in working condition until a full reconstruction project, tentatively slated for 2018 or 2019.

40th Avenue South from 45th Street to Sheyenne Street will see a complete reconstruction, the area from 45th Street to Veterans Boulevard must be complete before school begins in August. Portions to the west will have a later date of completion.

Cass County Highway 20 from Interstate 29 to the Red River will see four to six weeks of construction while the road there is resurfaced and widened for turn lanes.

Finally, another construction project on 19th Avenue North and 45th Street North will involve updating underground utilities. The utilities there make a 90-degree turn, meaning both 45th and 19th will see closures for a period of time, and traffic will be detoured. The entire duration of this project is estimated at six to eight weeks.

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