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13th Avenue Short-term Intersection Closures Start This Week in Fargo and West Fargo

07/02/2018


  • Intersection of 50th Street Southwest and 13th Avenue –south side
    Intersection of 50th Street Southwest and 13th Avenue –south side
  • Intersection of 48th Street South and 13th Avenue –south side
    Intersection of 48th Street South and 13th Avenue –south side
  • Intersection of 45th Street South and 13th Avenue
    Intersection of 45th Street South and 13th Avenue
  • Intersection of 16th Street East and 13th Avenue –south side
    Intersection of 16th Street East and 13th Avenue –south side

Zone: South
Project: 13th Avenue Reconstruction Project

This week contractors for the 13th Avenue Road Reconstruction and Infrastructure Improvement Project will begin two of the needed intermittent intersection closures on the south side of the roadway.

Starting Tuesday, July 3, crews will begin work preparing for concrete pavement on the south side of the intersection of 13th Avenue and 50th Street Southwest in Fargo. Project work is expected to last for seven days. Ahead of this closure, crews will reopen the south side of the intersection of 13th Avenue and 48th Street South to all traffic in Fargo.

Crews will also begin storm sewer work on Wednesday, July 4, on the south side of the intersection of 13th Avenue and 16th Street East in West Fargo. Project work is expected to last for two days.

During the short-term intersection closures, motorists are not allowed to turn on to the main line of 13th Avenue from the southside. Once work is completed the turning movements on to 13th Avenue from the intersections will be restored.
 
Crews are currently working on concrete removals in the southwest quadrant intersection of 13th Avenue and 45th Street South and will begin paving operations mid-week. During this phase of work northbound drivers on 45th Street South are unable to turn left onto 13th Avenue. Drivers are encouraged to use alternative routes.

On 13th Avenue between 45th Street South in Fargo to 12th Street East in West Fargo, traffic will continue to be carried head-to-head, plus turn lanes, on the north side of the street through the work zone. All other intersections will remain open as crews continue with construction activity on the south side of the street.

Project crews will be active on phase two and the intersection improvement project at 45th Street South throughout the entire holiday week. Drivers are reminded to slow down and watch for flaggers assisting truck traffic leaving or entering the work zone.

ACCESS CHANGE – Tuesday, July 3

  • LOCATION: Intersection of 50th Street Southwest and 13th Avenue –south side
  • CHANGE: Access to 13th Avenue is temporarily closed
  • REOPENING: Tuesday, July 10 late evening, weather permitting
  • PROJECT WORK: Crews will be paving on the south side of the intersection.

ACCESS CHANGE – Tuesday, July 3

  • LOCATION: Intersection of 48th Street South and 13th Avenue –south side
  • CHANGE: Access to 13th Avenue is OPEN
  • REOPENING: Tuesday, July 3 afternoon, weather permitting
  • PROJECT WORK: Crews paved the south side of the intersection.

ACCESS CHANGE – Wednesday, July 4

  • LOCATION: Intersection of 16th Street East and 13th Avenue –south side
  • CHANGE: Access to 13th Avenue is temporarily closed
  • REOPENING: Thursday, July 5 late evening, weather permitting
  • PROJECT WORK: Crews will be installing new storm sewer on the south side of the intersection.

INTERSECTION IMPROVEMENT WORK – Final phase started Monday, July 2

  • LOCATION: Intersection of 45th Street and 13th Avenue
  • CHANGE: Phase 3 is currently in-progress. Reduced lanes and restricted turning movements:
    • Northbound and southbound drivers on 45th Street South are reduced to one driving lane
    • Westbound and eastbound drivers on 13th Avenue are reduced to one driving lane
    • Northbound drivers will not be able to turn left onto 13th Avenue
    • Eastbound and westbound drivers on 13th Avenue will be able to turn left onto 45th Street South
  • DURATION: One week
  • PROJECT WORK: Crews will be replacing sections of existing pavement that has started to deteriorate with new concrete pavement to extend the overall life of the intersection.

TRAFFIC CONTROL – Phase 2, the current traffic phase will continue until late July

Work zone: 13th Avenue between 45th Street South in Fargo to 12th Street East in West Fargo

Traffic control: Motorist are carried side-by-side on the north side of the roadway

OPEN:

  • One driving lane plus dedicated left turn lane each direction
  • Access to surrounding side streets
  • Business access is maintained

CLOSED:

  • Southside of the roadway
  • Sidewalks: North to south pedestrian crossing is at 9th or 45th Streets.

UPCOMING:

  • Intermittent intersection work: south side access of 14th, 16th, 17th, 50th and 48th intersections

To access commerce or travel through the area, drivers are encouraged to use alternative routes for their east-west driving on alternative area roads.

PROJECT PHASES – As the project progresses, there will be multiple shifts in traffic control. The anticipated phase schedule is:

  • Phase 2 completion (Current) – late July
    • Side-by-side traffic on north side of roadway
  • Phase 3 completion – Middle of September
    • Side-by-side traffic on south side of roadway
  • Phase 4 completion – Middle of October
  • 45th Street intersection pavement repairs (Current) – Approximately 3 weeks in June
  • Project completion – Middle of October (100% traffic open)

The purpose of the project is to replace aging infrastructure, with a goal of improving both pedestrian and vehicular safety and increasing roadway capacity through the area.

**Please remember all schedules are tentative and weather dependent.

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