Helmut Schmidt, Published November 01 2012
Major road projects finishing; I-94, Veterans Boulevard set for 2013
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:
- The $3.5 million complete reconstruction of Fourth Avenue North from Roberts Street to University Drive is wrapping up.
- A $3.7 million reconstruction of 10th Street North between 12th and 17th avenues is finished, Gorden said.
- The city built 33rd Avenue South from Veterans Boulevard to 45th Street. It should “spur quite a bit of single-family homes and apartments,” Gorden said.
- The $1.3 million pedestrian lift bridge between Gooseberry Park and Lindenwood Park is nearly complete. Lift mechanisms will be installed in December, Gorden said.
Several big projects are planned in Fargo in 2013:
- Downtown will see the conversion of First Avenue North and NP Avenue between Second Street and North University Drive into two-way streets.
Signing, striping and signals, plus new brick at the intersections with Broadway, will cost about $500,000. Rebuilding the roads comes in 2014.
- Interstate 94 from 45th Street to the Red River bridge will get $1 million to $2 million in repairs, Gorder said.
The blue pedestrian bridge over the freeway will also be painted, Gorder said.
- Veterans Boulevard will be widened from two lanes to four lanes between 32nd Avenue South and 40th Avenue South, Gorden said.
The costs of the $8 million project will be shared equally by Fargo and West Fargo.
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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