Fair week results in construction changes

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While drivers are asked to avoid Sheyenne Street on the way to the fair this year, the North Dakota Department of Transportation will suspend work on the Main Avenue during the week and exit 343 on Main Avenue will be open for both directions of traffic during the fair.

"These construction zones have reduced lane sizes, uneven terrain and other variables that make them difficult to traverse right now," said West Fargo Police Department Chief Heith Janke in a statement. "When we add in traffic from the fair, we create a congested area that endangers the traveling public and personnel working on these sites. And of course, we want to remind everyone to never drink and drive which only adds to the dangers."

The suggested alternate routes to reach the fair include using 32nd, 40th and 52nd Avenues to reach Veterans Boulevard and heading north on Veterans Boulevard to Interstate 94 or Main Avenue; or heading west on 32nd, 40th, and 52nd Avenues to 38th Street W. and heading north to Interstate 94. E

A stretch of Sheyenne Street from 13th Avenue West to near Interstate 94 will close from just after 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, July 13, for paving operations.

During this time, only residents with driveway access on the west side of Sheyenne Street north of 19th Avenue W. will be able to use Sheyenne Street. There will be no other through traffic. The east side of the 17th Avenue W. and Sheyenne Street intersection will also close Friday, July 13, for the paving operations and will reopen Friday, July 20, for the traveling public.

"There are a number of alternate routes for reaching the fair and utilizing Sheyenne Street or 13th Avenue West near Sheyenne Street is just not an efficient option right now," said Chris Brungardt, City of West Fargo Public Works Director. "With the installation of a new stoplight at 15th Avenue W. by the ND DOT we are going to have a much smoother process for getting people into the fair from Main Avenue."

The Sheyenne Street construction zone stretches from 13th Avenue W. to 32nd Avenue W. and

includes the reconstruction of city streets, the Sheyenne Street interchange and the diversion bridge. Segment 1 and 2 of the city project, which stretches from 13th Avenue W. to 32nd Avenue W., is expected to be completed

by winter suspension.

The Interstate 94 interchange is a two-year project and is expected to be completed by winter 2019. 32nd Avenue W. to 40th Avenue West will also be reconstructed during the 2019 construction season.