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New signal light to be paid for by special assessments

Project was slated in the city's plan for 2023

A new traffic signal will be installed at Ninth Street West and 32nd Avenue.
A new traffic signal will be installed at Ninth Street West and 32nd Avenue. File photo.
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WEST FARGO — Residents near the intersection of Ninth Street West and 32nd Avenue West will soon have a new stoplight to regulate the intersection, but it will be paid for by special assessments.

Monday, Nov. 21, West Fargo City Engineer Dan Hanson said Ninth Street West and 32nd Avenue West is currently regulated by a two way stop and traffic at peak hours backs up in both north and south directions, causing delay.

Hanson said installing a traffic signal will improve traffic flow at the intersection, and will allow for additional growth of traffic.

The project was listed in the 2022 Capital Improvement Plan for 2023 and was expected to cost about $500,000. However, the engineer now estimates it will cost about with a planned construction year of $860,000 because of added costs to for intersection geometry to correct a negative left turn lane situation on 32nd Ave West.

The project would be paid for using capital improvement sales tax and special assessments to those residents who live nearby.

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Regional reconstruction projects in the capital improvement plan call for 80% of such projects to be paid for by special assessments and 20% is paid for by the city funds, Assistant City Administrator Dustin Scott said Monday.

"I support the traffic signal, I don't support the special assessment that goes with it," Commissioner Mandy George said.

Mayor Bernie Dardis said it is important to remember the area can get busy as it is nearby one of the city's largest park.

The district was created after the commission voted 4-1 to approve the project, with George as the lone dissent.

Residents will have the opportunity to publicly protest the special assessment district in the future.

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