2019 Main Ave Reconstruction: University Dr. to 2nd St.
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Start: April 2019
Estimated Completion: Fall 2019
The City of Fargo and the North Dakota Department of Transportation are planning to reconstruct Main Avenue between 2nd Street and University Drive in 2019. The work will include new pavement, new underground utilities, new sidewalks, new traffic signals, new street lights, and landscaping features.
Project Update & Reconstruction Options:
Recent progress has been made on refining the alternatives for Main Avenue from 2nd Street to University Drive. Here are a few updates:
- Reconstruction is still tentatively planned for 2019.
- The build alternatives include (see below for animated drive-throughs of each alternative):
- 5-lane roadway with no new on-street parking (retaining most on-street parking that exists today). Click the following link for a PDF layout of this alternative: Main Avenue Alternative B
- 3-lane roadway consisting of one lane each direction and a two-way left turn lane with on-street parking on two sides. Click the following link for a PDF layout of this alternative: Main Avenue Alternative C
- 4-lane roadway consisting of two eastbound lanes, one westbound lane, a two-way left turn lane, with on-street parking on one side. Click the following link for a PDF layout of this alternative: Main Avenue Alternative D
- A Hybrid option, consisting of a 3-lane alternative from 2nd Street to 9th Street, transitioning to a 4-lane section between 9th Street and 11th Street, and a 5-lane section west of 11th Street. Click the following link for a PDF layout of this alternative: Main Avenue Alternative E
- A roundabout for the intersection of 2nd Street is also being considered as a sub-alternative that could be implemented with all the options listed above. Click the following link for a PDF layout of this option: Main Avenue Roundabout
- A counterflow lane on University Drive between Main and NP Avenue N is also being considered as a sub-alternative that could be implemented with all the options listed above. Click the following link for a PDF layout of this option: Main Avenue University Counterflow
A redevelopment and economic analysis has been completed to compare redevelopment potential along Main Avenue as a 5-lane roadway or a reduced roadway section such as a 3-lane. Environmental documentation is in the final stages, and public input on the alternatives is extremely important at this time before a preferred alternative is selected.
Draft Project Purpose & Need Statement:
The purpose of the project is to provide an opportunity for an enhanced business environment with an active, safe and convenient environment for pedestrians while still providing a safe and efficient transportation corridor that will support regional and local traffic needs. Furthermore, the project intends to improve aging corridor infrastructure (pavement, sewer, water, and storm sewer) and mitigate pedestrian system deficiencies. Ultimately, the project has potential to stimulate an environment that encourages investment and redevelopment throughout a reinvented corridor that is fully integrated into the urban fabric of Downtown Fargo and continues to serve as one of the three downtown corridors that provide a vital connection to Moorhead, Minnesota.
The NDDOT and City of Fargo are still finalizing plans and meeting with the public. If approved, the project could begin as early as March 2019.
This stretch is one of the oldest roads in Fargo, constructed back in the 1950’s, and serves as an arterial roadway for people traveling through town. Pavement and underground utilities are deteriorating and in need of repair. Without long term improvements, this area requires frequent maintenance and costs the city a large amount of time and resources.
The estimated cost for the 2019 reconstruction phase is estimated at $12-$14 million.
The NDDOT and City of Fargo are hosting a public input meeting for the project on Tuesday, May 8, 2018, to discuss this project. The meeting will be held in the City Commission room at Fargo City Hall, 200 3rd Street North. There will be a formal presentation at 4 p.m. followed by an open house until 6 p.m. NDDOT, City of Fargo and SRF Consulting Group, Inc. will have staff on hand to discuss the proposed project and answer questions relating to the project.
This meeting is designed to allow for public input, which is required for compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act of 1970 and National Historic Preservation Act of 1966.
WRITTEN STATEMENTS or comments about this project must be mailed by Wednesday, May 23, 2018 to Jacob Nordick, PE, 1 North Second Street, Suite 226, Fargo, ND 58102 or emailed, with “Public Input Meeting” in email subject heading.
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