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What is that: Traffic control devices make trial conversion more realistic

Temporary rubber curbs and flexible delineators were installed along NP Avenue this summer and will be removed before winter plowing season. Sherri Richards / The Forum

Fargo - Some drivers along a downtown corridor have wondered about the purpose behind traffic control devices that popped up this summer.

The city of Fargo installed temporary rubber curbs and flexible delineators along NP Avenue, west of Broadway, to make a trial conversion of NP Avenue to a two-lane roadway more realistic, according to a city news release.

NP Avenue switched from an eastbound one-way to a two-plus-one road last summer. Now, city officials and business representatives are determining which traffic pattern NP should have when it is rebuilt.

Reducing its width from three lanes (two east and one west) to one lane each direction would allow for wider sidewalks, and possible amenities such as sidewalk cafés, according to a Forum article from May.

The rubber curbs and delineators will be removed in October for winter plowing season, the city said this summer.

Sherri Richards

Sherri Richards has worked for The Forum since 2002. She is the features and business editor, overseeing Variety, SheSays, Farmers' Forum, the daily Business pages and Saturday Business section.     Have a comment to share about a story? Letters to the editor should include author’s name, address and phone number. Generally, letters should be no longer than 250 words. All letters are subject to editing. Send to

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