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25th Street Construction Will Close 17th Avenue Intersection

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Drivers may have found the detour around the 25th Street South construction by using 17th Avenue South, but starting Tuesday, drivers will see a portion of 17th Avenue closed. 

Drivers that use 17th Avenue will no longer be able to travel east and west through the intersection of 25th Street South and 17th Avenue South. 

Drivers will instead be detoured up 25th Street South, to 13th Avenue South, then to 17th Street South and back on 17th Avenue South. 

The project is expected to be completed by August 22nd, if weather permits. 

North Dakota Department of Transportation (NDDOT) says it will be replacing the concrete and storm sewers, as well as doing some utility work in that section. 

"If you're coming from the Prairewood area you can get on 25th Street South like normal. Just those coming from Fargo South and Lewis and Clark will be detoured up and around 13th Avenue, " says NDDOT Fargo District Engineer, Kevin Gorder.

 You might be asking yourself, why are they doing this portion of the project so close to the school year? And will school bus routes be impacted? 

"Why do it now? Well, it fits in with the phasing and traffic off of the east side of the intersection now and try to sneak it in before school starts. I think school starts like the 26th or 27th and is coming up quick." Gorder said.

The 25th street project is slightly behind from the wet spring, but crews still expect to get a majority of the project completed by November, if weather permits. 

Also we checked in with Valley Bus Company Monday to see if the construction will impact any upcoming school bus routes. The manager told Valley News Live that the construction is an irritant, but he does not expect problems.

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