Interstate 29 access changing Monday from 32nd Avenue work zone
March 31, 2017
Southwest I-29 ramp closing, all southbound I-29 access will be via northwest ramp near Flying J
Starting Monday morning on April 3, contractors for the 32nd Avenue South reconstruction and Interstate 29 (I-29) bridge project will be closing the southwest I-29 ramp near Love’s Travel Stop and redirecting all southbound interstate traffic to the northwest ramp near Flying J. The interstate will still be accessible for drivers traveling in all directions, but both southbound traffic exiting and entering I-29 will be using the same ramp, highlighted on the map included below. Here, crews have installed a temporary traffic signal to help with traffic flow and new turning patterns.
On the northwest ramp, traffic exiting onto 32nd Ave. will be one lane on the west side of the ramp, and traffic entering I-29 will be one lane on the east side of the ramp. This southbound traffic will use a temporary loop constructed right before the interstate. This interstate access pattern and temporary ramp closure is necessary so crews can construct an entirely new ramp on the southwest side of the project. Drivers are reminded to slow down and pay attention to signage pointing out the dynamic traffic patterns.
Through the rest of the work zone, traffic patterns remain the same including all other interstate ramps. West of 39th Street, traffic is on the south side of the road while contracts work on removals and grading. Drivers traveling west have two lanes and drivers traveling east have one, plus separate turn lanes for both directions. East of the 39th St. intersection, traffic is one lane in each direction using the outside driving lane with separate left-turn lanes. Here, crews are continuing median removals, installing temporary traffic signals and replacing a storm sewer. Speeds remain reduced to 25 mph and Fargo Police Department is conducting traffic blitzes to reduce speeding.
During construction, drivers may experience a short-term lane closure on either side of the interstate when contractors need extra space for crews working under the bridge. These short term closures will only be conducted during off-peak travel times. Two driving lanes on both sides of I-29 will be maintained when project work allows and speeds are reduced to 45 mph.
The recommended alternative routes for travel to the 32nd Ave. corridor are Interstate 94 (I-94) and 40th Avenue South, as well as 25th Street South, 42nd Street South and 45th Street South.
As a reminder, the first public meeting for the project is scheduled for this Tuesday, April 4. Here, you can see maps and meet with project contractors and engineers to learn more about upcoming traffic patterns and construction progression.
- Start date: April 4th, 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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