Published October 20 2012
West Fargo bracing for heavy Costco trafficWEST FARGO – Officials here expect a crush of people will check out the new Costco store when it opens Tuesday, and plans are in place to make sure traffic flows smoothly on that day and those that follow.
Police officers will help direct traffic into and out of the area, and the city will looking for additional assistance from EVAC, a group of volunteers that sometimes helps area law enforcement with traffic control, Police Chief Arland Rasmussen said.
The new Costco warehouse store is at 750 23rd Ave. E., near the intersection of Interstate 94 and Veterans Boulevard.
High volumes of traffic are expected in the area for the store’s first week, Rasmussen said.
The city planned to have traffic lights set up at 23rd Avenue East and Veterans Boulevard by the time Costco opened, but the manufacturer doesn’t expect to have the equipment delivered until the middle of next week, said Chris Brungardt, assistant director for public works.
The traffic lights should be operational by mid-November, but even without them Veterans Boulevard is expected to safely handle the additional load anticipated with Costco’s opening, Brungardt said.
He said left turns from 23rd Avenue onto Veterans Boulevard should be possible, but if trouble develops, the city will adapt traffic controls to deal with any problems.