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Dave Olson, Published May 29 2009

Fargo shares details of 10th Street road project

It’s a year away, but Fargo and state officials are telling residents to get ready for a major road project in downtown Fargo.

It involves new concrete paving for 10th Street from First Avenue South to NP Avenue, as well as a facelift for the pedestrian walkways along 10th Street where it passes under Main Avenue.

Many of the concrete structures in that area, including retaining walls, were built in the 1920s and 1930s, said Jeremy Gorden, Fargo’s traffic engineer.

Work on the estimated $1.5 million project is expected to start in spring 2010 and last for about eight weeks.

Plans were displayed at a public hearing/open house Thursday hosted by the city of Fargo and the North Dakota Department of Transportation.

Among those attending was Karn Jilek, who owns Jiffy Lubes in Fargo, including one at the intersection of 10th Street and NP Avenue.

Jilek said much of her business is drive-by business, so she’s concerned about people finding her operation during the construction.

A detour will route 10th Street traffic to University Drive and then to NP Avenue before returning drivers to 10th Street near Jilek’s business.

“We’re not losing access; that’s great. It’s just the visibility factor,” said Jilek, who added that she understands the project is needed.

“I feel pretty good about the plan they have laid out,” she said.

Matt Linneman, a transportation engineer with the state Department of Transportation, said it is never too early for business owners to start preparing for the effects of road construction.

“One thing business owners could do is let their customers know: Expect this detour in summer 2010,” Linneman said.

Transportation officials will take public comment on the plans until June 12.

Comments may be submitted to James Rath, Design Division, North Dakota Department of Transportation, 608 East Boulevard Ave., Bismarck, ND 58505-0700, or by e-mail to jrath@nd.gov.

Readers can reach Forum reporter Dave Olson at (701) 241-5555