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Here is your InForum Minute for Monday, Jan. 17.

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FARGO — Most government offices will be closed in observance of the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday on Monday, Jan. 17.

The cities of Fargo and Moorhead announced their offices will observe the holiday by closing their doors.

The United States Postal Service will not have mail delivery or retail service for the holiday.

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The courthouses in Cass and Clay counties will also be closed.

Libraries will be closed in the metro area as well as all Lake Agassiz Regional libraries in northwest Minnesota. Full story here.

After a year delay, Fargo area project will aim to prevent deadly head-on crashes

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Traffic flows along Interstate 94 in Fargo on Monday, Dec. 20, 2021. Several miles of concrete and cable median barriers were supposed to be installed along the busy stretch of I-94, west of the I-29 interchange in Fargo in 2021. Instead, the work is scheduled for 2022.
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FARGO — A North Dakota highway safety project that was supposed to be done in 2021 is planned for this year instead, with the goal of reducing the deadliest kind of crashes.

Currently, only a grassy median separates the heavy traffic along a 3-mile stretch of Interstate 94 between Interstate 29 and Sheyenne Street in West Fargo.

In contrast, to the east, concrete median barriers have been in place on I-94 between I-29 and Fargo's border with Moorhead for years.

The barriers, proven to prevent vehicles from traveling through a median and striking others head-on, are part of North Dakota’s Vision Zero traffic safety strategy that hopes to eliminate fatalities and serious injuries from motor vehicle crashes. Full story here.

North Dakota agency seeks input on Highway-Rail Grade Crossing State Action Plan

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The North Dakota Department of Transportation is currently seeking public input on the draft Highway-Rail Grade Crossing State Action Plan.

The intent of this document is to describe NDDOT’s efforts to identify specific solutions and strategies for improving safety at crossings, including highway-rail grade crossing closures or grade separations, and focus on crossings that have experienced multiple collisions, or are at high risk for such collisions. Fortunately, North Dakota does not have any highway-rail grade crossings that have experienced multiple collisions within the past five years.

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The public is invited to view this draft on the NDDOT website at dot.nd.gov by clicking on the Publications tab at the top, then click on View by Section, and Jump to Section “Plans and Reports”, then clicking on the “ND SAP for public comment Jan 2022” link, or use this direct link: https://bit.ly/3f4C63c

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