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NDDOT to resurface Main Ave and I-94 interchange in 2018

Work will begin next year to repatch the bridge deck of Interstate 94 Exit 343 in West Fargo around the same time reconstruction of the interchange at Sheyenne Street gets underway.

The North Dakota Department of Transportation plans to begin a roughly $1 million replacement of the bridge pavement in May, but eastbound traffic on the bridge will be allowed to continue throughout the four- to five-month project.

Brad Pfeifer, NDDOT hydraulic engineer, said one lane of the bridge will be worked on at a time, allowing eastbound traffic to continue. However, westbound traffic and the traffic using the onramp loop will be detoured to the Raymond Interchange or Exit 342.

Pfeifer said the 2.47-mile detour is relatively short and should not cause major delays for traffic.

While the bridge is still in good shape, the surface of the bridge deck needs to be reconstructed. Pfeifer said normal wear and tear plus winter salting and heavy trucks have prompted the need for repairs. A large hole in the bridge deck has been repaired, but resurfacing is needed after this winter.

Federal funds will pay for 90 percent of the project cost and NDDOT will pay for about 10 percent. No city funds will be used, West Fargo City Engineer Chris Brungardt said.

Brungardt said work said the Exit 343 project and Sheyenne Street exit will both begin in 2018, but the two exits are far enough apart that traffic backups on Interstate 94 are not likely to be a problem.

The city of West Fargo will begin work in 2018 on a three-year project to reconstruct and widen Sheyenne Street. The city is working with NDDOT to reconstruct the Interstate 94 interchange at Sheyenne Street as well. The new interchange will funnel double lanes of traffic through one stoplight in the middle of the interchange rather than the current two stoplights on the north and south sides of the interstate.

The interchange reconstruction will not be complete until 2019.

Wendy Reuer

Wendy reports for The Forum and West Fargo Pioneer, where she is also assistant editor. A University of Minnesota Morris graduate from North Dakota, Wendy started her career in television news and entertainment in Minnesota and at CBS in Television City, Calif. before working at newspapers in Minnesota and North Dakota. 

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