WEST FARGO — A ribbon-cutting ceremony Monday morning, Nov. 4, in West Fargo marked the end of a two-year construction project on the Interstate 94 and Sheyenne Street Corridor.

City officials and project coordinators were welcomed by the West Fargo High School marching band as they gathered for their first look at the completed project.

The new interchange will increase traffic flow through one traffic light and the modern design will increase safety for bikers and pedestrians, officials said.

"That northbound traffic never stops once it gets to the interchange," said West Fargo Mayor Bernie Dardis, explaining how the new interchange will help residents on the south side of the city. "That really helps move it along very quickly."

The construction project began in 2018 and was completed in three segments. During stage one, the three-lane section was converted into a five-lane road as well as a multi-use path.

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Stage two of the project converted a two-lane rural roadway into a modern six-lane road with a raised median and a pedestrian tunnel on the north side of the intersection.

The final stage was completed this past week as 32nd Avenue West was increased to four lanes and a multi-purpose path was added to both sides of Sheyenne Street.

Officials said the project will not only will increase traffic flow and safety for bikers and pedestrians, but also help with development in growing West Fargo.

"There is milestone after milestone that has taken place," Dardis said. "This intersection is a very important cog in the development of both residential and commercial development in the south part of West Fargo"