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19th Avenue North Construction Will Cause Delays This Weekend

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      We are just 72 hours away from the Paul McCartney concert this weekend. This concert will bring tens of thousands of people to the Fargodome and those concert-goers will be fighting a construction mess on 19th Avenue in North Fargo. Valley News Team's Ashley Bishop tell us about the project, and traffic plans for the weekend.

        The 19th Avenue project is still in the first 2 phases and is behind schedule. This is causing some concern for the big concert this weekend. Engineers on the project were hoping to start the third phase by now, but the wet weather and deep frost have put the project 4 to 6 weeks behind.

"The big problem is that unfortunately the rain has been spread out perfectly where it gets dried out and back to workable it rains again. So they get delayed," says Houston Engineering Project Manager Brian Pattengale.

Pattengale says this is not the only construction project seeing this problem; many in the area are behind. Houston Engineering is working with the Fargodome about the delays.

"We're working closely with them obviously because of concerts like this and bison games in the fall. We're aware of the access concerns they have," says Pattengale.

Fargodome officials suggest for concert-goers to plan their route out in advance. If you are traveling from the north on I-94, they suggest using county road 20.

"Any where else on the interstate for this show because of the work on 19th Avenue, we encourage getting off at 12 Avenue North and taking 12th over to 18th street," says Fargodome General Manager Rob Sobolik.   

They also suggest that McCartney fans should pay attention and provide extra time getting to the stadium.

"When you're coming to any show it is important to pay attention to the signage and not just put the brain on auto pilot and think this is the way I always go," says Sobolik.

About 17,000 fans are expected to attend the concert on July 12, 2014. Fargodome parking lots open at 4:00 p.m. and the doors open at 6:30 pm.
NDSU parking lots will be used for parking as well and tailgating is not allowed. Fargo police and EVAC will be out for the start and finish of the show to handle traffic.

There are still tickets available for the concert. Remaining seats start at $25 and you can also enter to win a pair of tickets here.  The winners will be picked on July 11, 2014 on the Valley Today (5 a.m. - 7 a.m.).

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