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Fargo officials hosting meeting to discuss future construction on 25th Street South

FARGO - Residents who regularly use 25th Street South near Interstate 94 can get a look tonight at what's being planned for long-term improvement of traffic flow in a presentation at Lewis and Clark Elementary School.

FARGO - Residents who regularly use 25th Street South near Interstate 94 can get a look tonight at what's being planned for long-term improvement of traffic flow in a presentation at Lewis and Clark Elementary School.

Residents will see plans to add lanes and adjust freeway entrances and exits during a meeting from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. A Powerpoint presentation will be given at 5:30 p.m., said Ryan Huff, a transportation engineer with HWS Consulting Group.

HWS studied 25th Street from 17th Avenue South to 23rd Avenue South for the city.

Tonight's meeting is a follow-up to a public comment meeting held in June. In addition to Huff, representatives from the city, the Fargo-Moorhead Metro Council of Governments, and the North Dakota Department of Transportation are also supposed to be on hand to answer questions.

Huff presented the results of the study earlier today to the Fargo Planning Commission.

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Expanding 25th Street from 17th Avenue South to 23rd Avenue south to six lanes, adding a southbound lane from 13th Avenue South to 17th Avenue South, and shifting the eastbound freeway exit to 25th Street to the south to improve sightlines and safety, was estimated to cost $8.5 million, Huff said.

Adding an eastbound entrance ramp for I-94 farther north on 25th, would cost about $1.4 million, Huff said.

City traffic engineer Jeremy Gordon said the project is "not on the radar" in terms of budgeting and setting timelines for the next five years.

Readers can reach Forum reporter Helmut Schmidt at (701) 241-5583

Helmut Schmidt is a reporter for The Forum of Fargo-Moorhead's business news team. Readers can reach him by email at hschmidt@forumcomm.com, or by calling (701) 241-5583.
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