Paving Operations Start for I-29 Southbound Roadway Reconstruction Project near Gardner Interchange September 2
September 1, 2016
Motorists will use temporary ramp connection at southbound Gardner exit mid-next week
From north of Argusville (exit 79) to two miles north of Gardner interchange (exit 86) crews have removed the old southbound roadway of Interstate 29 (I-29) and completed the placement of eight box culverts that will go under the new driving surface.
Starting tomorrow morning, Friday, September 2, crews will begin the roadway paving operations on the north side of the 10-mile work zone north of Fargo.
Mid-next week, paving operations are expected to be moving past the southbound ramps at the Gardner interchange. Vehicles and truck traffic will need to use the temporary gravel ramp onto I-29 southbound for about the next week as crews pave across the permanent exit ramp and the concrete has achieved designed strength. Speeds on the ramp will be reduced to 20 mph during this time period.
While ramp work is occurring in the area especially during peak hours of traffic, drivers may experience slower traffic when other vehicles or trucks enter from on and off ramps. Flaggers will be present on both the north and south ramps at the Gardner interchange during this work.
“About three-fourths of a reconstruction project is typically installing new underground beneath where we place the new driving surface and it’s hard to see a lot of that work happening from the open driving lanes,” said Kevin Gorder, assistant district engineer for NDDOT. “Now that paving is starting you will see the shape of the new roadway come to life quicker over the next month. With good weather conditions, this crew can get close to 4,000 feet a day paved on average.”
Throughout the work zone:
- All traffic is head-to-head, one lane in each direction, and carried on the northbound lanes of I-29
- Speeds are reduced to 65 mph from 75 mph
- Traffic control runs from south of the Hunter overpass to south of the ramps at Argusville
- Argusville and Gardner interchanges will remain accessible
- Interstate on and off ramps may be shortened
- Flaggers may be present to direct trucks and motorists
Project work started in mid-April and will run through November, weather permitting.
Motorists are encouraged to slow down, be patient, eliminate distractions and pay attention throughout the work zone.
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