Main Avenue Reconstruction Work Starts in West Fargo
March 8, 2016
Tomorrow traffic will begin to be impacted at Sheyenne River Bridge
Today, the winter suspension has been lifted and crews have started on the final reconstruction project work for Main Avenue in West Fargo in 2016.
Tomorrow, March 9, and continuing through this week, motorists will be limited to one lane of traffic in each direction and speeds will be reduced to 25 mph over the Sheyenne River bridge. Normal traffic patterns will resume after the bridge area.
Weather permitting, by the end of next week, head-to-head traffic will be carried on the south side of Main Ave. and the Main Ave. frontage around the Sheyenne River.
Once traffic shifts to the frontage road, crews will begin removing the north side driving lanes, service road and old Sheyenne River bridge.
The 2016 construction zone primarily focuses on the Sheyenne River Bridge and includes a few blocks of roadway on each side. Project work from approximately 11th Street West to Morrison Street consists of:
– Construct new box culvert at Drain 21
– Removal of Sheyenne River Bridge and replacement with new box culvert
– Roadway reconstruction of eastbound and westbound lanes
– Removal of frontage roads and addition of direct business access
– Installation of new storm sewer, water main and sanitary sewer
Motorists will be able to access the business driveways located off of Main Ave. throughout the project.
The 2016 project work in this area will wrap up in the fall, completing the entire seven-year reconstruction plan along the Main Avenue corridor. Together, all three phases complete four miles of roadway along the corridor.
Design work for Main Avenue corridor reconstruction began in 2005 and project work has included:
2009: 1 mile stretch between 6th St. W. and 5th St. E.
– Reconstructed road surface, turned frontage roads into parking areas and replaced the sanitary water system
– Cost: $8.6 million
– Severe spring flooding delayed start of project and tightened timeline
– Originally included plans to replace Sheyenne River Bridge, plans pushed back to 2015
2012: 1.4 mile stretch between 6th St. E. and 45th St.
– Rebuilt the roadway, removed most frontage roads and added a storm sewer, sanitary sewer and water mains
– Cost: $14.6 million
2015: I-94 Interchange to just west of 8th St.
– Reconstructed road surface; removal of frontage roads; addition of direct business access and shared use paths; New water main and sanitary sewer; addition of lighting; and slide repair work on interstate interchange
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