32nd Avenue Reconstruction and I-29 Bridge Widening Work Begins March 15th in Fargo
March 15, 2017
Business access and one driving lane in each direction remain open through the 32nd Street South thru 43rd Street South work zone
Beginning at 7:30 a.m. on Wednesday, March 15, contractors for the City of Fargo and North Dakota Department of Transportation (NDDOT) will start work on the 32nd Avenue South reconstruction project. The joint project between the City and NDDOT Fargo District will improve one of the most-traveled stretches in south Fargo, currently carrying about 30,000 vehicles each day, by widening and reconstructing the roadway.
On Wednesday morning, drivers, pedestrians, residents and business owners will notice crews installing traffic control devices through the work zone from roughly 27th Street South to 44th Street South. Roadway improvements will be made to the stretch between 32nd Street South and 43rd Street South, including the Interstate 29 (I-29) bridge.
Following traffic control device installation, project work will begin with crews removing center medians through this portion of 32nd Ave. S on both sides of the interstate.
First traffic pattern and access for destinations through the work zone:
- One inside lane will close in each direction to allow room for project work in the median
- Traffic will run in the outside lanes in each direction with separate left-turn lanes
- Expect delays and congestion at peak travel timesSpeeds will be reduced to 25 mph
- Weather permitting, this traffic pattern should last approximately four to six weeks
The recommended alternative routes for travel to this corridor will be via Interstate 94 (I-94) and 40th Avenue South, as well as 25th Street South, 42nd Street South and 45th Street South.
“Because our crews will be working in the center of traffic, removing parts of the road and median, and working on the sides of the overpass, it is very important drivers slow down, allow extra time, and pay attention to signage and flaggers,” says NDDOT Assistant District Engineer, Kevin Gorder.
On Thursday, March 16, removal of overhead interstate signage will require crews to temporarily close the southbound I-29 exit ramp onto 32nd Ave. S. The ramp closure will last about two hours and traffic will be detoured to use 52nd Avenue South interstate exit.
Starting next week, a shoulder closure will be in effect under the 32nd Ave. S overpass in both directions as work begins under the bridge.
For most of the remaining project work, motorists will encounter:
- Traffic being carried side-by-side, with at least one lane in each direction open, on either the north or south side of 32nd
- All business and hospital access maintained
- Intermittent intersection closures and short term interstate access impacts
- Reduced speeds on 32nd Ave.
“This heavy traffic stretch along 32nd Avenue is busy without construction and serves as an important connection between businesses and thousands of drivers,” said Jeremy Gorden, transportation division engineer for the City of Fargo. “As Fargo and its surrounding communities continue to grow, we have been widening roads to keep up with the population boom. After completion, this updated access point will improve safety and benefit businesses, drivers and pedestrians through the corridor.”
Weather permitting, the reconstruction of 32nd Ave. S will run through late October and will replace aging infrastructure through the corridor. The project will widen 32nd Ave. to a six-lane roadway to accommodate increasing traffic volumes, add a new southbound I-29 eastbound loop ramp in the southwest quadrant of the interchange, update utilities, street and traffic signals and increase shared-use paths.
The City and NDDOT Fargo District look forward to bringing motorists and non-vehicle traffic more safety and better access this fall.
Ongoing Project Informational Meetings – start on April 4
Attend the public community meetings with project contractors and engineers to learn more about upcoming traffic patterns and construction progression.
- Start date: April 4
- Then occurring every other week until October
- Time: 10 a.m.
- Location: Dr. James Carlson Fargo Public Library, community room –
- 2801 32nd Avenue S, Fargo | MAP
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