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Erik Burgess, Published July 22 2013

Downtown Fargo two-way conversion in its final phase

FARGO – In 30 days or less, First Avenue North will be a two-way street.

The final phase of the downtown two-way conversion began Monday, with crews repairing brick at the junction of Broadway and First Avenue.

The intersection will be closed for a maximum of 30 days, said Fargo Civil Engineer Kristy Schmidt.

This is the final step in converting First Avenue from a one-way into a two-way street as part of the Fargo 2+1 Conversion Project.

NP Avenue reopened as a two-way street on June 28. The intersection of NP and Broadway was closed for 26 days in June as crews repaired crumbling brickwork there.

Schmidt said the work on Broadway and First Avenue will likely take closer to the 30-day limit.

“We have to do a little bit more concrete repair work on this intersection,” she said.

Sidewalks will remain open to pedestrian traffic for businesses located near the closed intersection, the city stated in a news release.

Crews will also finish work on traffic signals on First Avenue, stripe for two-way traffic and install signs and cones to direct drivers, Schmidt said.

The orange barrels with two-way markers and yellow posts separating traffic will likely stay up until October, she said.

The orange cones will return to NP Avenue next year, when the city plans to completely redo the street’s aging infrastructure. The same work will be done to First Avenue in 2015.

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Erik Burgess at (701) 241-5518