Roberts Street Reconstruction Project
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Start: May 2018
Estimated Completion: Summer 2019
Roberts Street is fully open to traffic. The contractor is currently working on sidewalk panel replacements on the west side of the roadway between 2nd Avenue North to 4th Avenue North. Pedestrian access is maintained on the east side of Roberts Street.
Last year, the reconstruction and infrastructure project work on Roberts Street was completed in two phases to maintain access to area buildings and parking ramp. Working from south to north, contractors for the City of Fargo worked to replace deteriorating 105-year-old water main and 103-year-old roadway on Roberts Street between 2nd Avenue N to a block south of 4th Avenue N in block section work zones. Crews also replaced a section of 5th Street N between 2nd and 3rd Avenue North that was an 83-year-old roadway in downtown Fargo. This year's work includes a one block section of Roberts Street between north of the Dillard building to the 4th Avenue N intersection.
Crews will fully close Roberts Street from north of the Dillard building to the 4th Avenue N intersection to through traffic. Pedestrian and business access will be maintained.
Project work is slated to be complete summer 2019.
During the design phase in January 2018, the engineering department worked with the city forester on a tree assessment and recommended plan of action. In the foresters evaluation the current overall condition and the root impacts of the proposed construction were reviewed. With the change of location, there would have been a low chance of long term survivability. The recommendation was removal of the existing trees in the project limits. Roberts Street had 16 trees (11 Ash, 1 Hackberry, 1 Silver Maple, 1 Boxelder, and 2 Harvest Gold Linden) that were planned for removal. The Engineering Department worked with the forester on a replacement plan resulting in the installation of 15 new trees (8 Common Hackberry and 7 Princeton American Elm) on Roberts Street. This plan will provide for more appropriate species and spacing of trees in downtown Fargo. The city will also be installing CU Structural Soil which will allow for large rooting volume opportunities and ultimately promotes healthier trees.