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Road closings begin this week

Road construction along Sheyenne Street near Interstate 94 is getting closer to wrapping up. Here, traffic moves at a steady clip on Monday, Nov. 12, 2018. Ann Arbor Miller / The Pioneer

Road closings in and around West Fargo have begun and will continue for the rest of April.

On Monday, April 8, Sheyenne Street was closed from south of 32nd Avenue to north of 40th Avenue as well as one block south of 40th Avenue as crews begin the second phase of a two-year project to widen Sheyenne Street from 13th Avenue South to south of 40th Avenue.

The Sheyenne Street and 40th Avenue intersection will remain open to one driving lane of east—west traffic on the south half of the intersection.

West Fargo Public Works Director Chris Brungardt said the city was planning to close the 40th Avenue and Sheyenne Street intersection during construction but due to the volume of projects in the city this summer, they hope to find a way to leave the intersection open.

"When we scoped out the project, we planned to close down the road and entire intersection to complete the project quickly and cost-effectively," he said. "However, we are evaluating if it is possible to leave it open to help provide more route options for residents in the area."

Starting April 15, 32nd Avenue traffic will shift to the northside with one lane in each direction to begin the remaining underground and installation of permanent traffic signals. The city is working on bridge work at the Sheyenne Diversion channel and one lane in each direction will remain open to traffic with dedicated turn lanes, where available.

While the city works on Sheyenne Street, the North Dakota Department of Transportation will also be finishing the Sheyenne Street and Interstate 94 interchange. Starting April 22, traffic on I-94 will shift to head-to-head traffic on the westbound bridge. Ramp access to all directions will remain open.

Traffic detours around Sheyenne Street will include:

• 40th Avenue W. west to Ninth Street West north to 32nd Avenue West and east to Sheyenne Street.

• 52nd Avenue W. west to Ninth Street West, north to 40th Avenue W or 32nd Avenue W. to east to Sheyenne Street.

• 40th Avenue east to Veterans Boulevard, north to 32nd Avenue and west to Sheyenne Street.

• Southbound Sheyenne Street, east 52nd Avenue to north Veterans Boulevard.

Temporary traffic signals will be added on Ninth Street W. at the 32nd Avenue W. and 40th Avenue W. intersections to help facilitate the increased traffic.

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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