Main Avenue Reconstruction: University Drive to Red River (2019 - 2020)
NDDOT together with the City of Fargo is transforming this gateway into a safe, accessible and corridor to and through the heart of Fargo. The project will improve 50 – 60-year-old underground infrastructure, aging driving surfaces and lessen pedestrian system gaps through the downtown corridor. The improved pedestrian facilities corridor will continue to serve as one of the three downtown corridors that provides a vital connection to Moorhead.
Project work will be spread over two-years, 2019 – 2020. The first phase will focus on the section between the Red River and Broadway. This phase will also include the construction of a roundabout at 2nd Street South. The second phase will reconstruct the segment between Broadway and North University Drive.
Current Main Avenue: Five-lane roadway
Reconstructed Main Avenue: Three lanes from 2nd Street to 10th Street, with upgraded pedestrian facilities and additional parking
Road work is tentatively scheduled to begin in April. Construction is scheduled to last throughout the summer and fall, with substantial completion scheduled for mid-October 2019.
The project will enter winter suspension. Construction of the second phase between Broadway to University will continue in spring of 2020.
The 2019 project work from the Red River through Broadway includes:
- Upgrade existing water main and sanitary sewer system
- Install new storm sewer, roadway pavement, roundabout at the 2nd St intersection, traffic signals, street lighting and landscaping features
- Widen pedestrian facilities on both sides of Main Avenue, with new pedestrian crossings
- Additional on-street parking
Work zone limits: .451 miles from Red River to Broadway in Fargo
Traffic control limits: 8th Street intersection to east of 2nd Street intersection
Adjacent Work Zone: City of Moorhead Center Avenue Bridge Joint Repairs and Roadway Reconstruction Project
In Moorhead, Center Avenue from the Red River to 8th Street/Hwy 75 will be improved in 2019 and 2020. The City of Moorhead plans to have Center Avenue bridge work complete between May 1 – July 15, weather permitting, to allow for the bridge to function as a detour route for Main Avenue bridge traffic. During the bridge closure, traffic will be diverted to 1st Avenue North crossing.
For more information, visit the City of Moorhead project page
Main Avenue, which is part of the NDDOT Regional Highway System, serves as an arterial roadway for people traveling into and through town. Constructed in the 1950’s, this stretch of Main Avenue is one of the oldest roads in Fargo. The pavement and underground utilities are deteriorating and in need of replacement, and without long term improvements this stretch of road will continue to cost the City a significant amount of time and financial resources created by the frequent maintenance it requires. Furthermore, the addition of the roundabout at the intersection with 2nd Street will help facilitate and improve traffic flows entering the City.
The cost of construction is estimated to be $10 million for 2019 project work. Funding for the project will consist of a combination of the following sources:
- Federal Highway Funds from the NDDOT’s Regional Highway System (80%)
- Watermain Replacement Funds
- Water Utility Funds
- Sewer Utility Funds
- Special Assessments
- Sales Tax Funds
Current 2015 – Pass: 20,070; Trucks: 410; Total: 20,480
Forecast 2040 – Pass: 21,619; Trucks: 441; Total: 22,060
This project is in partnership with the City of Fargo.
First Phase (2019) - Red River to Broadway
Renderings and Landscape Elements
Map of Construction Phasing