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Construction poses danger to 4,000 plus vehicles traveling to Fargo Dome

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FARGO, N.D. -- Law enforcement are ramping up patrols to help keep you safe on the roads for Saturday nights Paul McCartney concert.

"Concert after concert we have multiple crashes, because it seems like we get that driver that's distracted," said North Dakota State Patrol Sgt. Troy Hischer. Or on their cell phone, listening to music or talking to the person sitting in the next seat. But, as orange cones mark the road, construction can add to the list of dangers. 

Speed limits of 55 miles per hour have been decreased to 30 miles per hour along some stretches of County Road 20 north of the dome. 

"It will be open for full two lane traffic in both directions and will still have a slower construction zone speed limit," said Cass County Engineer Jason Benson.

And, it doesn't help that the lanes will be very narrow, plenty of cones and parked equipment lining the shoulders. 

Workers will call it quits at four. Parking lots will open soon after and concert goers coming from I-29 North should expect delays.  

"We expect traffic to be stopped on I-29 at times while traffic is trying to get to the concert," said Sgt. Hischer.

So far this week, state patrol has dealt with an influx of traffic, because of the Red River Valley Fair in West Fargo. Now, they're preparing even more challenges as they try to funnel highway traffic onto city streets. They're amping up their line of defense from two on duty officers to five for Saturday night's shin-dig at the Fargo Dome. 

"If you see us on the shoulder with our lights on and not at a traffic stop, we are warning you that some thing's ahead," said Sgt. Hischer.

When the interstate is bumper to bumper your risk of being rear-ended increases. Police ask drivers to be alert, not drink and drive and be prepared to stop quickly.

County Road 20 will open for concert traffic, one lane will be drive-able in each direction for cars.

For an easier route, take 17th Avenue North and then turn on University Drive. 

Additional parking will be at the NDSU campus, Fargo North High School and John E. Carlson Coliseum.

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