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Construction Season Even Busier Than Last Year

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One lane, no left turn, and cone after cone. It's a normal sight this time of year but many major roads in Fargo are seeing it this summer. 
The city of Fargo says construction is heavier this year than what we're used to navigating through. One of those problem spots is along 32nd Avenue South and 28th Street. All that road work is making some wonder if it's possible to get it all done on time.

Bria Bork makes her way to Rejuv Skin and Laser Clinic for work every morning and taking 32nd Avenue is a must.

"Just a couple more minutes in the morning and at night," Bork said.

With a view right outside their window, the construction that's adding a road toward the future Ed Clapp Elementary School has become a hot topic among her co-workers, especially when it's time to head home.

"When it gets really busy around traffic hour we just give each other tips on little routes to take," Bork said.

It's all about the strategy on a road that's down to one lane both ways that on average sees 25,000 cars pass through and all in front of 32nd Center and Essentia makes it tough to get out.

"There have been a couple of accidents. people trying to squeeze in too soon," Bork said.

Plus with a closed off library entrance next door, finding a way in there takes a bit longer.

"A little tricky. I didn't realize the lane was closed and trying to find the entrance was hard," Michelle Seibel of Fargo said.

Cutting through Bethel Church's parking lot is the temporary option or some just park right next door. A popular choice those working in Rejuv have seen.

"I saw there was no longer an entrance so i pulled into this strip mall," Heather Ranck of Fargo said.

But no matter which way you turn or how long it takes you to get there, the roadways will get backed up.

"It just takes more time to get here," Bork said.

So far, the 32nd Avenue construction is on time with three weeks left to finish up the project.

As far as the other major roadway constructions:

25th Street seems to bring the most headache for drivers we talked to.

Fargo's traffic engineer says the bridge work is on schedule but the road work itself is lagging a few days behind with the rain putting the work off, but they're catching up. 

On 19th Avenue North, that may be the biggest mess of all this construction season-- it's scheduled to be done around October but engineers we talked to Tuesday say it's a whole month behind.. 


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