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Helmut Schmidt, Published May 22 2010

Road construction to heat up soon

Road construction in Fargo and on Interstate 29 north of the city ratchets up another notch next week.

Two major projects, the 10th Street underpass reconstruction at Main Avenue and the southbound lanes of Interstate 29 between Argusville, N.D., and County Road 20, get under way Monday, a North Dakota Department of Transportation official said.

Setting up the detour for the 10th Street underpass work starts Sunday, Gorder said.

The underpass roadway is being reconstructed from First Avenue South to NP Avenue, and the walls will be rehabilitated, though they are structurally sound, Gorder said.

Northbound traffic on 10th Street will be detoured on First Avenue South west to University Drive, where it will go head-to-head before being brought back toward 10th Street on NP Avenue, Gorder said.

Because the north half of the NP Avenue intersection will be closed to replace water and storm sewer lines, NP Avenue will be reduced to one through lane. Motorists who wish to continue on 10th Street will be routed north on Eighth Street and then west on First Avenue North back to 10th Street.

Gorder estimated the first phase of the underpass work could take four to five weeks. The overall project is expected to take 13 weeks to complete, the DOT announced.

On I-29, nine miles of the southbound roadway from Argusville to just south of County Road 20 will be totally rebuilt.

The project mirrors the work done in 2009 on the northbound lanes, Gorder said.

Construction should be finished by the end of October, he said.

Elsewhere in Fargo:

45th Street South

Work is on track for adding a lane to each side of the 45th Street South bridge over Interstate 94.

Beams are being laid on the east side of the bridge, and pilings are being driven on the west side to provide stability for the bridge supports, Gorder said.

Construction on 45th between the interstate and 32nd Avenue South is being handled by the city, Gorder said, but it appears to be ahead of schedule. An extra lane is being added to each side of the street on that stretch.

Between 32nd Avenue South and 40th Avenue South, the road is being rebuilt with six lanes and larger sewer and water lines, Gorder said.

That project should be done by mid-October, he said.

South University Drive

Late last fall, the DOT finished laying a 36-inch water main at 40th Avenue and South University Drive and didn’t have time to test it before winter, Gorder said. The road was then patched with asphalt because it was too late in the year to pour concrete.

This spring, the asphalt was removed, the water line tested, and concrete poured at the intersection. Once the signal light at the intersection is rewired, the crossroad could be fully open, Gorder said.

In addition, the last of the sidewalks are being poured and landscaping finished from 40th Avenue South to the Rose Coulee bridge. That work could take three weeks, Gorder said.

In some spots, concrete road panels that settled and cracked will be replaced.

Testing will also be done underneath the concrete road panels on the south side of the Rose Coulee bridge that settled noticeably. The tests will determine what needs to be done to repair the dip there, Gorder said.

12th Avenue North

There is leftover work from last year on 12th Avenue North between 18th and Ninth streets.

Sidewalks and some colored concrete must be laid and landscaping finished. Work on stoplights and lane re-striping is also needed. There may be some lane closures for the next month with a month of off-street work after that, Gorder said.



Readers can reach Forum reporter Helmut Schmidt at (701) 241-5583