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Monday, August 6, traffic was re-routed and travel on another new section of roadway began within the West Fargo Main Avenue reconstruction began, according to a release issued by officials of the North Dakota Department of Transportation - Fargo District.

Traffic from 12th St. E to 9th St. E. is now traveling head-to-head; one lane in each direction, on the westbound lanes of the new Main Avenue roadway. Previously, traffic was crossing over Main Ave. at 12th St. E. (at the Magellen Pipeline access) and traveling on the old roadway in the work zone. Removal of the old roadway from 12th St. E. to 9th St. E. will begin with this traffic shift. Traffic will now be head-to-head in the westbound lanes of the new pavement from 12th St. E. to 5th St. E.

At the intersection of 9th St. E. and Main Ave., the current four-way stop will remain.

The traveling public should also note:

· Business access on west end of work zone has changed: The frontage road from 5th St. E to 9th St. E is closed and is being removed. Access to the businesses located along this stretch of the corridor is currently via 1st Avenue East and the cross street of 8th Street East, where currently customers can also access these businesses to the south.

· Business access on the east end of work zone has changed: The current south business frontage road between 17th St. E. to 45th St. NW. has been removed and private business driveways have been installed. Each driveway is currently accessible to traffic and directional signage is in place for access.

Seventeen St. East from 2nd Avenue South to Main Avenue is also temporary closed for underground utilities and concrete paving. Traffic is detoured to 45th St. NW. and/or 9th St. E. to access Main Avenue from the south. During this temporary road closure on 17th St. E., access to the south businesses will be via eastbound and westbound Main Ave. and 17th St. E. intersection only. Motorists will not have access to Main Avenue when traveling northbound on 17th St. E.

Motorists should be aware of workers and equipment in near proximity to traffic throughout the construction area. Flaggers are also present throughout the work zone to help direct truck traffic.

The speed limit in this work zone is 25mph.

To view phase maps of the project visit: The current phase map is 2A.