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Work on 4th Street South Begins on Tuesday After Memorial Day


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Zone: Downtown, South
Project: 4th Street South Road & Water Main Improvement Project

This week contractors for the City of Fargo 4th Street South Road and Water Main Improvement project set up traffic control for the first phase of project work to fully reconstruct 4th Street South from 2nd Street South to 13th Avenue South and install a new water main system for the area. The project work will move north from 13th Avenue S and should be complete by mid-October.

The first phase is actually on 6th Avenue S near the shared use path running through Island Park.  6th Avenue S is closed to through traffic from 4th Street to 7th Street South while crews work on concrete removals. The closure will be in place for up to 12 days while crews install a speed table across 6th Avenue S half way between 4th Street and 7th Street S to protect pedestrians and bicyclists crossing 6th Avenue into Island Park. 6th Avenue S will reopen by June 2nd.
On Tuesday, May 29, crews will begin the next phase of work on 4th Street S starting at the south end of the work zone at 13th Avenue S to 11th Avenue S. When this work begins, the following will close to traffic:

  • Two block portions of 4th Street South
  • One block of 13th Avenue S west of 4th Street

11th Avenue S and 4th Street intersection will remain open for motorists at the beginning of phase 2 project work. Later in this phase crews will be working across the intersection.

After phase two is complete project work will continue moving north towards 6th Avenue S. Phase work may overlap, and multiple phases may be under construction at the same time between 13th Avenue S and 2nd Street.
Project work will be split into these phases:

  • Phase One: 6th Avenue S halfway between 4th Street to 7th Street S
  • Phase Two: 4th Street from 13th Avenue S through 11th Avenue South, including work on 13th Avenue S to the west of 4th Street and work on 11th Avenue S east of 4th Street
  • Phase Three: 4th Street from 11th Avenue S to half way between 9th Avenue South and 8th Avenue South
  • Phase Four: 10th Avenue South from 4th Street to the east
  • Phase Five: 4th Street from half way between 9th Avenue S and 8th Avenue S to 6th Avenue S
  • Phase Six: 4th Street from 6th Avenue S to Dike West parking lot entrance
  • Phase Seven: 4th Street from Dike West parking lot entrance to 2nd Street

“This project has a substantial amount of city underground utilities to help continue the city-wide effort to upgrade services for residents and businesses,” said Jeremy Gorden, transportation division engineer for the City of Fargo. “The existing water main was installed nearly a 100 years ago and once complete will connect to the new water treatment plant set to open in July.”
The purpose of this project is to upgrade portions of the City’s infrastructure in this area including water main, sanitary sewer, storm sewer, pavement, curb and gutter, street lighting and the traffic signal located at the intersection of 4th Street S and 8th Avenue S.
In addition, driveway approaches and sidewalks on 4th Street S will be replaced. The roadway on 4th Street South will be reconfigured to accommodate bicycle lanes along the curbs.
Gorden continued, “we worked through many of the comments received through public input meetings discussed with us while planning out all of the phases of this project. This has lent to a more difficult schedule for the contractor but will allow for better access while we’re improving the area.”

Speeds are reduced to 25 mph through both work zones. Please slow down and watch for trucks entering and exiting the work area.

The project work should be complete by mid-October.

Adjacent project: Area residents should be mindful of other road or infrastructure improvement projects happening in this neighborhood that may impact their routes, including:

  • South of 13th Avenue S: work continues at the new city water treatment plant. Currently 4th Street S is closed for one block between 13th Avenue S and 14th Avenue South.

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