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Forum staff reports, Published May 13 2010

Interstate lanes closing to deliver cranes, beams

Both lanes of westbound Interstate 94 lanes at the 45th Street South interchange in Fargo will be closed tonight, the North Dakota Department of Transportation announced.

Currently, a single lane closure is in place on westbound I-94 between Interstate 29 and 45th Street. Westbound traffic is reduced to one lane in this area, which is likely to cause congestion during the rush hour.

NDDOT crews anticipate opening the lane around 7 p.m.

Crews are preparing the area for the delivery of cranes and beams, which will be used to widen the 45th Street bridge overnight. Each beam is 115 feet long and weighs close to 50 tons. It takes two cranes to lift and place each beam.

To prepare for the overnight closure, crews will start restricting traffic to one lane around 7:30 p.m. The closure should be up completely at about 8:30 p.m. and will last until about 6 a.m. Friday.

A detour will be in place.