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Helmut Schmidt, Published November 01 2012

Major road projects finishing; I-94, Veterans Boulevard set for 2013

WEST FARGO – A dry summer was a major plus in getting area road construction projects closed out for the year.

One of the biggest orange cone zones, the $14.6 million-plus second phase of West Fargo’s Main Avenue reconstruction, was buttoning up Thursday, said Kevin Gorder, assistant district engineer for the North Dakota Department of Transportation.

Crews rebuilt the roadway and frontage roads and added a storm sewer from 45th Street in Fargo to Sixth Street East in West Fargo, Gorder said.

A ribbon cutting is planned at 1:30 p.m. Monday at the Adesa auction facility, 1650 Main Ave. E., West Fargo.

The first phase of Main Avenue reconstruction from Sixth Avenue East to the Sheyenne River was finished in 2009 for $8.6 million. A

$15 million third phase of Main Avenue work is set for 2015 from the Sheyenne to Interstate 94.


A major project finished in Fargo was the $2.9 million reconstruction and widening of the Seventh Avenue North overpass at Interstate 94, Gorder said.

Fargo Traffic Engineer Jeremy Gorden said the work modernized Seventh Avenue from the landfill to downtown.

Other big Fargo projects:


Moorhead officials recently celebrated the re-opening of two Interstate 94 interchange ramps on Main Avenue/Highway 52. The ramps were sorely missed by the city’s business owners after they had been closed in 2010.

Revamping the ramps cost

$2 million, City Engineer Bob Zimmerman said.

Crews finished the $1.5 million reconstruction of 20th Street South between Sixth and 12th avenues in September, Zimmerman said.

The $2.5 million reconstruction of 28th Avenue South between 20th and 26th streets will be finished soon, he said.

Next year, the Minnesota Department of Transportation will take on a $3.8 million signal timing and repaving project on Main Avenue.

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

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