Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Fargo Construction Information

FARGO, N.D. (May 26, 2014) – Beginning May 27 at 6 a.m.; crews will shift the work zone on 25th Street South in Fargo. Between 16th Avenue South and 25th Avenue South, northbound and southbound traffic will be head to head. Traffic will be traveling on the east side of the bridge. Existing traffic signals will be removed and temporary signals will be used in the project stretch. Left turn lanes will not be accessible throughout the work zone, and left turns from intersecting streets onto 25th Street will be restricted, with the exception of 18th Street South, I-94 ramps and 17th Avenue South.

Reconstruction of the west side of 25th Street South, the southwest loop and exit ramp, the northwest ramp and bridge widening of the west side will occur at this time. During this phase, crews will begin pavement removal on the west half of the roadway, the bridge and roadway will be reconstructed and widened, turn lanes will be constructed and intersections will receive improvements.

Crews continue work in the median of I-94 and left lane and shoulder closures will remain during this phase.

Throughout this work zone, motorists can expect:
-          Reduced speeds of 25 mph on 25th Street and 40 mph on I-94. Reduced speeds are present in the work zone to ensure safety for the traveling public and crews that will be working adjacent to traffic.
-          Congestion through project area where traffic is head to head.
-          Left turns will not be accessible from many intersections in the project area. Motorists will only be able to make right turns from these intersections in the work zone. This is to provide safety to workers and to lessen the traffic impacts of the project.
-          Significant delays, as there will be reduced lanes of traffic throughout the project and on I-94 where crews are widening the bridge pier.

The NDDOT Fargo District suggests planning ahead and using alternate routes if possible.

The 25th Street South reconstruction project will add an additional driving lane in each direction on the stretch between 17th Avenue and 23rd Avenue, including widening the bridge that crosses I-94. An on-ramp will be added for northbound traffic on 25th Street South to enter eastbound I-94 without crossing traffic. At the completion of the project, motorists will increase from two to three lanes of traffic in each direction, with a center turning lane.  The project is expected to wrap up in November 2014, weather permitting.