FARGO — Drivers can expect some delays on Interstate 29 in Fargo in the next few months as the North Dakota Department of Transportation installs median cable safety guard rails between the northbound and southbound lanes.
NDDOT Engineer Justin Oss said they are starting the installation south of the 52nd Avenue interchange in far south Fargo and will continue the project to north of 19th Avenue by Hector International Airport.
"It's an added safety feature for the metro area," Oss said. He said similar projects are under way in Bismarck-Mandan and Grand Forks.
He said there were a few accidents near 52nd Avenue during the winter in recent years, when vehicles passed through the median and into the other driving lanes.
The project will run for about five or six miles throughout the Fargo metro area, but Oss said there are already some concrete median barriers in place in some stretches along the interstate.
Oss said the work is somewhat tedious on the guard rails, as it involves digging and placing foundations for the posts that hold the cables. Cables must also be attached and tightened between the posts.
Although the work is in the median, Oss said it will require closing a lane alongside where crews are working, which will cause some traffic delays.
However, he said when crews aren't working, such as on weekends, the lanes will be open.
The project started Thursday, Aug. 8, and is ongoing through October.
Oss said at this time there are no plans to install the cable barriers in rural areas, similar to the cable guard rails that run along Interstate 94 in rural areas in Minnesota.