Two-Day Main Avenue Bridge Closure Begins Friday
July 25, 2019
Beginning Friday, July 26, at 6:30 a.m., crews will close the Main Avenue Veterans Memorial bridge from west of 4th Street through the 2nd Street and Main Avenue intersection south of NP Avenue.
Local residential and business access will be maintained in its current traffic control setup. All through traffic will be detoured to 1st Avenue or Center Avenue for an east-west river crossing.
The two-day closure is necessary for a pipe connection that is part of the adjacent City of Fargo flood mitigation project occurring at 2nd Street. Crews will need to make a storm sewer connection in order to divert all water flow into the new storm sewer system so a section of existing pipe can be removed on the flood control project. Once the connection has been made crews will reopen the bridge and intersection Saturday evening.
All other traffic control throughout the project will remain as is until the next phase of work begins in mid-August, weather permitting. When the next phase begins, crews will fully close the 2nd Street intersection to traffic and begin construction of the new roundabout. Prior to this closure, additional local access will be restored at the Broadway intersection.
When traffic control is in place for the two-day closure, drivers and pedestrians can expect:
- Main Avenue and 2nd Street intersection closed to through traffic south of NP Avenue
- Main Avenue Veterans Memorial bridge closed west of 4th Street
- East-west river crossing via 1st Avenue or Center Avenue
- Pedestrian access maintained
The NDDOT and City of Fargo urge motorists to not stop on railroad tracks and allow space between the vehicle ahead of you when congestion exists near railroad crossing on 8th Street South. Drivers are encouraged to add extra time to travel through downtown Fargo and try different routes based on your time of travel through the area.
PUBLIC INFORMATION MEETINGS
Next biweekly public information meeting will be 11:30 a.m. to Noon, Thursday, August 1 at the Depot (701 Main Avenue, Fargo).
The two-year makeover of Main Avenue in downtown Fargo is a joint project between the NDDOT and City of Fargo to transform this gateway into a safe, accessible and beautiful passageway to and through the heart of Fargo.
The project will improve 50 – 60-year-old underground infrastructure, an aging driving surface and lessen the pedestrian system gaps through the downtown corridor. The 2019 project work from the Red River through Broadway includes:
- Upgrade existing water main, sanitary sewer system and storm sewer
- Construction roundabout at the 2nd St intersection
- Replace roadway pavement, traffic signals, street lighting and landscaping features
- Widen pedestrian facilities on both sides of Main Avenue, with new pedestrian crossings
- Additional on-street parking
In 2020, the second year of reconstruction work will improve Main Avenue between Broadway to University Drive in downtown Fargo. When the roadway is complete next fall, Main Avenue roadway will be a hybrid design consisting of a 3-lane alternative from 2nd Street to 9th Street, transitioning to a 4-lane section between 9th Street and 11th Street, and a 5-lane section west of 11th Street as well as double-lane roundabout at the Main Avenue and 2nd St S intersection.
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