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Weather delays I-29 road work

Fargo motorists can breathe easy for a few more days. A resurgence of wintry weather has caused a delay in the North Dakota Department of Transportation's I-29 road construction project. Traffic was supposed to be impacted Monday along parts of 1...

Fargo motorists can breathe easy for a few more days.

A resurgence of wintry weather has caused a delay in the North Dakota Department of Transportation's I-29 road construction project.

Traffic was supposed to be impacted Monday along parts of 13th Avenue South and 38th Street, but drivers now can expect this to be delayed by at least a day.

Project engineer Kevin Gorder said the earliest construction could resume is this morning at 8, however, that would only involve parts of 38th Street.

Weather conditions will determine when traffic on I-29 southbound between 12th Avenue North and 9th Avenue South will be condensed to one lane and when the new, temporary on- and off-ramp at 4th Avenue South will open.

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Drivers will not see head-to-head traffic on 13th Avenue South until Thursday at the earliest, Gorder said.

"The weather is this part of the country can be very unpredictable," he said. "Although the contractors were hoping for perfect weather to get the project off to a good start, they understand that there is always the chance of having days like this."

Traffic on I-29 northbound has been reduced to 40 miles per hour from the Rose Coulee to just north of Main Avenue, as some barriers were placed earlier Monday in the southern part of the zone.

In addition, all of the stripes have been removed along this route in anticipation of the roadway handling head-to-head traffic later in March.

The DOT urges motorists to use caution in these areas as well as in the area around the I-94 overpass of I-29.

The acceleration/ deceleration lane on I-94 eastbound and the driving lane of I-29 southbound is closed for the time being as a result of Friday's truck accident .

For the latest traffic updates on the I-29 project, visit the Web site ( www.i29fargo.com ).

Readers can reach Forum reporter Mary Jo Almquist at (701) 241-5531

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