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Helmut Schmidt, Published August 24 2011

Access to Davies High restricted

FARGO – It looks like for now, the only access to Davies High School will be from the north side on a recently completed stretch of 25th Street South, a city senior engineer said Tuesday.

That’s because there is still much work that needs to be done to turn a gravel stretch of 25th Street South just south of the school into a two-lane blacktop, Brenda Derrig said.

It means there will be only one southbound lane and one northbound lane from the school for the 1,050 students, 110 teachers and paraprofessionals, plus other staff and parents, to use when Davies opens Thursday and for perhaps a week or more after.

Both east-west access roads, 70th and 73rd avenues south, are connected to 25th Street South and ready to use.

A few layers of material must be laid before asphalt can be put down on the portion of 25th Street, which will take at least a week, Derrig said. It should be completed by the middle to end of next week if there’s no significant rain, she said.

In the meantime, the contractor has also been working on bike trails and concrete median work, she said.

Earlier this month, senior transportation engineer Jeremy Gorden said the gravel section of 25th Street South would be regraded, paved and ready for the school’s dedication, which was Sunday.

But district officials had to scramble Saturday to get word out that the road was closed and would not be available.

Up to a couple of weeks ago, the only access to the school was from South University Drive, west on 76th Avenue South and north on 25th Street over the gravel section to the school. That route won’t be viable again until the conversion of the gravel section of 25th Street is completed.

“I guess we’re just asking for patience,” Derrig said.

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