EDITOR'S NOTE: This is the third in a series of regular reports on road and other infrastructure projects this construction season in Fargo, Moorhead and West Fargo.
FARGO — The North Dakota Department of Transportation is planning several safety and repair projects on interstate highways and bridges in the Fargo district this year, and one major project is underway north of the city.
The biggest project is a reconstruction of 13 miles of northbound lanes on Interstate 29 from just south of Grandin to just south of Hillsboro. Grandin is about 30 miles north of Fargo.
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Assistant District Engineer Joe Peyerl said the roadway was the original and required replacement.
Traffic is head-to-head in the southbound lanes for that stretch of the interstate.
Next year, a major reconstruction project is planned on Interstate 94 near Mapleton west of Fargo and this year crews will be installing the crossovers. Also in that area, NDDOT contractors will seal cracks on the existing roadway to improve road quality and safety. Lanes on the interstate will be closed in both directions and speeds will be reduced during the work.
More interstate projects outside Fargo
- INTERSTATE 94 OVERPASS: Later this summer, workers will replace an outside beam and repair other beams on an I-94 overpass on the Raymond interchange 4 miles west of West Fargo. A semi-truck with an oversized load damaged the overpass last summer.
- BRIDGE PAINTING: To prevent corrosion and improve bridge integrity, NDDOT has started a series of painting projects on bridges and overpasses on the I-29 corridor. During work, traffic is reduced to one lane with reduced speeds. Crews were finishing up painting on the Davenport exit last week, and are expected to move on to the Horace exit this week. The third and final painting project will be on the Argusville exit north of Fargo. Work at each bridge takes from two to four weeks with speeds reduced in those work zones to 40 mph. All three are expected to be done by late June.
- WILD RICE RIVER BRIDGE: Work on the southbound bridge over the Wild Rice River on I-29 is in full swing near the Davenport exit. Peyerl said work crews are lengthening the bridge to the north, as they did on the northbound bridge last year, to move it away from unstable soil. The bridge work is expected to be done by mid-July. Traffic has moved to head-to-head on the northbound bridge while the work is underway on its companion structure.
NDDOT projects in Fargo
- 38TH STREET: NDDOT has started work to improve safety on the 38th Street connection to I-29 north of the West Acres Mall near the Holiday Inn. Peyerl said it has been the site of a number of accidents due to driver vision problems. The project, expected to be done by July, will involve widening the intersection and repositioning signal lights to improve sightlines. The closure of lanes in each direction will cause congestion during rush hours and drivers are urged to take alternate routes at those times.
- I-29 CONCRETE REPAIR: Last year, NDDOT completed concrete repair work on I-29 from 32nd Avenue to Main Avenue. This year, work is focused from Main Avenue north to County Road 20. Work is done in segments, but there will be lane closures.
- I-94 BRIDGES: Expect lane closures and speed reductions down to 45 mph at three bridges along I-94 this summer as NDDOT contractors work to even out bridge approach slabs. Work begins on the I-29 interchange this Monday, May 10. Next up is the Veterans Boulevard or Ninth Street bridge, and then the 45th Street bridge.
- COUNTY ROAD 20: NDDOT is resurfacing on and off ramps and the overpass on I-29 in anticipation of heavy truck traffic in that area from the Amazon distribution center slated to open this fall.
- I-29 STRIPING: Starting early this week, NDDOT contractors will be painting black strips or shadow markings that follow white strips on the interstate to assist drivers with their lane position in poor light conditions. Lane closures and reduced speeds are expected in the work zone from 32nd Avenue South to 19th Avenue North on both northbound and southbound lanes.
Other project updates
HIGHWAY INTERSECTION LIGHTING: The Minnesota Department of Transportation is improving lighting at 14 intersections across west-central Minnesota. Local intersections include I-94 and 20th Street in Moorhead, U.S. Highway 10 at East Shore Drive in Detroit Lakes, Highway 78 as it intersects with Highway 108 in Ottertail and south of Perham, U.S. Highway 10 at County Road 10 near Frazee and Highway 34 at Highway 32/County Road 35 between Dunvilla and Barnesville.
UNIVERSITY DRIVE NORTH IN FARGO: Work started last week on the reconstruction of North University Drive in the first phase of the project. It was closed to through traffic between 28th Avenue North and 36th Avenue North. Access to businesses along University Drive, cemeteries and the Air National Guard will be maintained at all times. This closure is expected to last another three weeks. Traffic is detoured on 25th Avenue North to Broadway to 36th Avenue North. The stretch of road is being converted into a city street with curb and gutter.
WEST FARGO CRACK FILLING: Public works crews will begin sealing cracks on city streets starting this Monday, May 10. Work should be done by June 4. Crews will be working by maintenance zones, which share the same boundaries as the garbage collection schedule. During the maintenance zone day of the week, residents can't park on the street from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
23RD AVENUE IN WEST FARGO: Starting this Monday, May 10, inside lanes of 23rd Avenue East between Veterans Boulevard and Bluestem Drive will close for concrete pavement repairs and median improvements. One lane in each direction will remain open. Thirteen locations are scheduled for concrete pavement repair in the city this year. It was also announced that a median crossing will be permanently closed in front of Costco and Veterans Commons so vehicles will be unable to cross 23rd Avenue East. The median closure is an attempt to improve safety in the area. The next step in the project area is full pavement repair of westbound 23rd Avenue East to the west of Costco. The work in this area is expected to last about a month.