Construction slows F-M commute
Published: Thursday, April 19, 2012
Updated: Thursday, April 19, 2012 15:04
University commuters have seen, in recent weeks, cones going up along routes they travel on to and from campus. The most noticeable of these has been the closure of the median lanes on I-29, though projects in north Fargo and West Fargo have also had an effect on travelers.
7th Avenue North bridge over I-29
Beginning in early April, work began on the overpass at 7th Avenue North over I-29. The purpose of this project is to update the bridge by completely removing and replacing the driving surface, repairing erosion damage and installing new lighting.
Additionally, crews will be widening the bridge to provide pedestrian accessibility. The project will also involve the reconstruction of 7th Avenue North on both sides of the bridge.
This project will continue through September, weather pending. Funding for this project was provided 43 percent from federal sources, 5 percent from the state and 52 percent from the city.
10th Street North
Work began in early April on a section of 10th Street North between 12th Avenue North and 17th Ave North. This project has a large scope, including both utility and surface-level renovation.
Crews will be updating the road to increase the load-carrying capacity and surface quality. Additionally, pedestrian facilities will be installed.
The drainage system will be modified, and crews will install new lighting, safety features and traffic signals along the corridor.
Work will proceed through October. Funding for much of this project came 80 percent from federal sources, 10 percent from the state and 10 percent from the city, with the city picking up the whole cost of associated sewer and water main work.
In early April, crews began a reconstruction project for areas of Main Avenue in West Fargo. Spanning from 6th Street East to 45th Street, this project is aimed at improving driving conditions.
Crews will be removing much of the frontage road that runs alongside Main Avenue, updating intersections for smoother flow and repairing deteriorated pavement.
Furthermore, crews will take into consideration the perceived inadequacies associated with drainage and pedestrian facilities.
Funding for this project was provided 80 percent by federal sources, 10 percent by the state and 10 percent by the city; however, sewer and water main work will be paid for entirely by the city.
1st Avenue North
Westbound 1st Avenue North closed at 16th Street on Monday, but its closure will only last approximately one week. Drivers have been provided with a detour route while work continues.
Crews are finishing a reconstruction project from last spring. Though the road will likely re-open next week, work will continue for more than a month.