FARGO — If you have ever been on the 42nd Street overpass that crosses Interstate 94 in southwest Fargo, you've probably noticed the bumpy ride on both ends of the bridge.
That's going to be fixed this summer.
Fargo city crews have already started repair work on the bridge by adding foam on the south side of the overpass that will raise the street to provide the smoother commute.
City project manager Jeremy Engquist said in the past they used sand and mud for such a project, but that the foam — similar to foam insulation in a home — is a faster process with better control.
That work is just the first phase of what will be a complete repair of the 20-year-old main thoroughfare from 19th Avenue South to 32nd Avenue South.
Engquist said the $2 million project will also involve repairing the concrete on the four-lane street that has been deteriorating with cracking, isolated pavement blowouts and joint issues. He said pedestrian crossings will also be updated on the street.
"We like to do maintenance work about every 15 to 20 years" on the major roadways to extend the life of the road, Engquist said.
After city crews complete their work on the bridge, the other phases of the project will get underway possibly in about two weeks and run through mid-October.
The work will involve closing the overpass for about 30 days, although Engquist didn't have an exact date on when that closure will occur but the bridge needs to be completed before school starts in late August. Throughout the project south of the bridge, however, there will be at least one lane open in each direction while the repairs are being made. The speed limit in the area has been reduced to 25 mph.
Here's a look at updates on other major metro projects:
Sheyenne Street in West Fargo: Another east-west route through southwest Fargo and West Fargo will be available to drivers starting this week, as lanes will open on 32nd Avenue West across Sheyenne Street. The 40th Avenue east-west route opened about a week ago. Some work will continue on the 32nd Avenue West intersection after it opens to traffic based on project needs. Also this week, another milestone is reached, as drivers on Sheyenne Street use new driving lanes on the second bridge over the diversion channel. Once traffic shifts, crews will widen the existing bridge.
Main Avenue: The intersection of Fourth Street and Main Avenue opened Monday morning providing another north-south route into downtown with one lane in each direction. Paving work continues to the east of the intersection and will soon be done to allow better local access to the Fryn' Pan Family Restaurant, the Gateway Cenex gas station and other businesses in that area. Access to a storage unit will also be available then. However, through traffic on Main Avenue to Moorhead will still not be possible, as work will begin later on a roundabout with the Second Street South intersection and underpass. Underground utility work is underway on Main Avenue in front of Wells Fargo and Bank of the West. That underground work and paving is expected to take about 75 days and could be complete by mid-September.
Broadway: Shortly before 7 a.m. Tuesday, June 25, Broadway is expected to close at Main Avenue as construction on Main moves west. Work is expected to take 75 days. Pedestrian and business access will be maintained during the project.
52nd Avenue South in Fargo: The temporary bypass road is open from Veterans Boulevard West to allow motorists access to businesses and the Deer Creek and Rocking Horse neighborhoods, as work continues on expanding the avenue to a four-lane roadway. A single lane of traffic is open in each direction on the bypass roadway. Weather permitting, some of the intersections and parts of the roadway will be open before school starts in August.
10th Street North in Fargo: Paving operations are ongoing under the railway overpass on 10th Street North, with one 11-foot driving lane done between Fourth Avenue and Sixth Avenue North. Paving is now underway on the other driving lane and on-street biking lane. For pedestrians, the open sidewalk will switch sides based on project needs. The project is expected to be complete by mid-July.
Cass County Road 17 in Horace: Paving recently began on the roundabout in Horace. The concrete work on the center of the roundabout will be completed this week, along with curbs and gutters. Next week more concrete work is planned. The contractor continues to monitor the posted detour route, and crews, depending on the weather, are planning this week to re-blade, compact and spray another round of of dust suppressant on the detour route. Horace commuters heading north on County Road 17 can no longer use 52nd Avenue to go east. Instead they can use the 40th Avenue intersection to travel east.
Interstate 94 interchange in West Fargo: In this area, access to Sheyenne Street from East Beaton Drive will close to all through traffic this Monday, June 24. Access to the residential area will be maintained on Beaton Drive through the Ninth Street/Veterans Boulevard intersection.
Fourth Street North in Moorhead: The northbound lane of Fourth Street North between Main Avenue and Center Avenue was closed last week for up to one to three more weeks, depending on the weather, to replace water mains in the area.
19th Avenue North in Fargo: Contractors opened the five-lane avenue in far northwest Fargo on June 19. Travel along the avenue from 45th Street to 57th Street is fully open to motorists. As a reminder, the 45th Street and 19th Avenue intersection is an all-way stop. Fargo Civil Engineer Jason Leonard said the two-year project from Interstate 29 to 57th Street was designed to accommodate increased traffic volumes and growth in that area of the city, as well as improve utilities along the route.
Roberts Street: Paving is moving along on the street in downtown Fargo between Second Avenue and Fourth Avenue North by the new Dillard apartment complex. All pavement is expected to be installed, with the project expected to be complete at the end of July.
11th Street in Moorhead: Work started Saturday, June 15, on 11th Street for maintenance work on the BNSF railway crossing. The crossing will be closed to traffic for this week between Main Avenue and Center Avenue.
28th Street in Moorhead: Construction crews will begin work at the intersection of Sixth Avenue North and 28th Street at 8 a.m. Monday, June 24. The southbound lane of 28th Street North between Fourth and Eighth Avenues North will also be closed and detour for southbound traffic will be implemented during this time. Work is anticipated to be completed by July 15, weather permitting. Delays and congestion are expected during this time. Motorists are encouraged to find alternate routes and to use caution while navigating through the construction area.
Fourth and Fifth Streets in Moorhead: Beginning Monday, June 24, BNSF will close Fourth and Fifth Streets between Main Avenue and Center Avenue for maintenance for the railroad crossings. Traffic will be detoured on Eighth Street via Main and Center Avenues. The work is expected to take about one week.