Intersection of 41st Street S and 32nd Avenue S set to temporarily close this Friday through Saturday
April 6, 2017
Starting at noon on Friday, southeast I-29 loop ramp will close, all northbound I-29 access will be via northeast ramp and traffic will shift to be head-to-head on the north side of the bridge
There will be various traffic control changes for drivers as work progresses on the 32nd Avenue South reconstruction and Interstate 29 (I-29) bridge widening projects through the weekend or by your morning commute on Monday, April 10.
Starting Friday, April 7 at 6 a.m., contractors for the 32nd Ave. S reconstruction project will be temporarily closing the 41st Street S and 32nd Ave. S intersection while they work underground in the area. Crews will be removing the existing roadway pavement and replacing the old storm sewer that crosses the intersection. Once crews have graded and compacted salvage base material, the intersection will reopen to northbound and southbound traffic. Weather permitting, the intersection will reopen by Saturday afternoon.
Drivers can still access all businesses on 41st St S by using north side streets. Business access will be via 42nd Street S to 30th Avenue S, 39th Street S to 30th Ave. S.
At noon on Friday, crews for the I-29 bridge project will be closing the southeast I-29 loop ramp and redirecting all northbound interstate traffic to the northeast ramp near the 36th Street SW frontage road. Eastbound traffic will turn left onto the existing northeast ramp to access northbound I-29 from 32nd Ave. S at the temporary traffic signals. Crews will begin to widen the current loop ramp in-order to accommodate the added eastbound driving lane on 32nd Ave. S.
The northeast exit ramp to 32nd Ave. S traffic will remain open for travel. At the top of the exit, you will be able to travel either direction. The interstate will continue to be accessible for drivers traveling in all directions.
Also starting at noon on Friday, crews will also be shifting traffic to the next phase of project work over the bridge, and drivers will see this traffic pattern:
- WEST OF 39th ST S – Side-by-side traffic with westbound using two lanes and eastbound drivers using one lane on south side, plus separate turn lanes for both directions and all intersections open
- I-29 BRIDGE – Side-by-side traffic carried on the north side, with one lane and a turning lane open in each direction
By Monday, drivers will see this traffic pattern on the east side:
- EAST OF 36th ST S – Between 36th to just west of 32nd Streets, side-by-side traffic carried on the south side, with one lane in each direction and all intersections open; between 32nd– 28th Streets, traffic control remains the same with drivers using outside driving lanes, one lane in each direction; turn lanes and all intersections are open
Once the temporary signal at 32nd St. S is operational, crews will finish shifting the rest of the east side of the work zone to be carried side-by-side on the south side through the end of the project. Drivers are reminded to slow down and pay attention to signage pointing out the dynamic traffic patterns.
On the west side underground utility work and replacing storm sewer has started as part of the road widening project. Through the rest of the work zone, crews are continuing to install temporary traffic signals and finish temporary asphalt connections.
During construction, motorists may experience:
- Short-term lane closure during off-peak travel times on either side of I-29 when contractors need extra space for crews working under the bridge
- Two driving lanes on both sides of I-29, maintained when project work allows, with speeds reduced to 45 mph
- Congestion during peak travel times on 32nd Ave. S
Recommended alternative routes for travel to 32nd Ave. S corridor are via Interstate 94 (I-94) and 40th Avenue South, as well as 25th Street South, 42nd Street South and 45th Street South.
At the current time, the bike trail on the north side of 32nd Ave. S and across I-29 is closed to all pedestrian traffic. Pedestrians wanting to cross the I-29 are asked to also use the 40th Ave. S underpass or alternate routes.
Speeds remain reduced to 25 mph and Fargo Police Department is conducting traffic blitzes to reduce speeding.
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