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2019 Main Ave. Reconstruction: University Dr. to 2nd St.

Zone: DowntownWhat zone am I?


Start: April 2019

Estimated Completion: Fall 2019

Project Overview:

The City of Fargo engineers and the North Dakota Department of Transportation propose reconstructing Main Avenue between University Drive and 2nd Street (Red River) in 2019. The work will include new pavement, updated utilities and sidewalks, and street light improvements. This project will be the first portion of proposed work, with the second Main Avenue reconstruction project between University Dr. and 25th Street tentatively scheduled for 2020.

Right now, engineers and planners recommend keeping the current 5-lane configuration along Main Avenue, but would like add some features such as sidewalk extensions at pedestrian crossings.


During the project, lanes will be reduced and drivers may experience intersection, parking or sidewalk impacts. Business access will be maintained throughout reconstruction.


The NDDOT and City of Fargo are still finalizing plans and meeting with the public. If approved, the project could begin as early as April 2019.


This stretch is one of the oldest roads in Fargo, constructed back in the 1950’s, and serves as a major 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 about $5 million, not including land acquisition and various optional improvements. Together, the 2019 and 2020 portions could top $10 million.

Stay Updated:

The NDDOT and City of Fargo are hosting a public input meeting for the project on Tuesday, April 25th, 2017 to discuss the first Main Avenue reconstruction project from University Dr. to 2nd St. This meeting will be held in the City Commission room at Fargo City Hall, 200 3rd St. N. There will be 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.

If unable to attend the Public Input Meeting, written statements or comments must be mailed by May 9, 2017 to Richard Lane at 1 N 2nd St., Suite 226, Fargo, ND 58102 or email with “Public Input Meeting” in the e-mail subject heading.

In addition to the input meeting, all project background and updates will be available on, where you can sign up for project email notifications. You can also follow FargoStreets on Twitter (@FargoStreets) and Facebook for up-to-date road related information.