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Amy Dalrymple, Published September 12 2007

I-29 project set to wrap up

It’s been a long time coming.

Orange cones will be removed from Interstate 29 in Fargo within two weeks, marking the end of an eight-year construction project.

Today, North Dakota Department of Transportation officials will dedicate the eight-mile stretch of roadway as the nearly $150 million project comes to a close.

“The folks who use I-29 every day will see some relief finally,” said Kevin Gorder, assistant district engineer with the NDDOT.

The project transformed I-29 in Fargo from a rural highway to an urban interstate capable of handling traffic counts forecasted for 2020, Gorder said.

It also improved safety for drivers and improved traffic flow at I-29 intersections, he said. Bicyclists and pedestrians now have paths to cross

I-29 at 32nd, 13th, Main, 12th and 19th avenues.

“The whole identity of I-29’s been changed,” Gorder said.

David Martin, president and chief executive officer of the Chamber of Commerce of Fargo Moorhead, said the major project reflects the growth of Fargo-Moorhead and the region.

“It took eight years to get it all done, but what an amazing piece of roadway through the metro area,” Martin said.

The NDDOT worked with the chamber to minimize impacts to businesses, Martin said.

Contractors who worked on the project were primarily local, including Northern Improvement, which was the primary contractor for five of the years.

Contractors were either done early or on time during the bulk of the project, Gorder said.

Future NDDOT projects on 52nd Avenue South and Cass County Road 20 also will affect I-29.

If you go

- What: Interstate 29 dedication and ribbon-cutting ceremony.

- Where: The northwest loop ramp at 13th Avenue and I-29 in Fargo.

- When: 9:30 a.m. today

- Info: Speakers include Gov. John Hoeven, Mayor Dennis Walaker, the state’s congressional delegation and NDDOT officials.

Readers can reach Forum reporter Amy Dalrymple at (701) 241-5590