West Fargo is eyeing a possible expansion to Ninth Street East north of Main Avenue, as well as improvements to the road south of Main to 13th Avenue South.
The city and the Fargo-Moorhead Metropolitan Council of Governments are studying the possible needs of one of West Fargo's main thoroughfares from 13th Avenue South to 12th Avenue Northeast.
About 50 residents attended West Fargo's second public input meeting on the corridor study Monday, Jan. 20.
The city is considering expanding the road to three lanes from Main Avenue north to 12th Avenue Northeast and building a roundabout intersection at 7th Avenue Northeast, City Engineer Dustin Scott said.
Scott said the city is not considering a major reconstruction of Ninth Street East south of Main, but it is considering improvements for safety and pedestrian traffic such as reducing access to Ninth Street at Prairie Parkway near the Family Fare store.
"It's a big safety concern with full access at that intersection right now," he said.
As part of the corridor study, traffic patterns were studied and about 12,000 cars currently travel Ninth Street East between 13th Avenue and 7th Avenue South daily, near the West Fargo High School. About 17,000 vehicles will likely be counted on the road in that stretch by 2045.
Traffic counts estimated about 4,000 vehicles per day travel the road north of Main and those numbers would likely grow to about 7,000 per day in 2045.
"So, it will almost double," Scott said.
Construction along the Ninth Street corridor would not begin for at least five years, he said.
While smaller improvement projects along Ninth Street would not qualify for federal funding, Scott said an expansion and full reconstruction of Ninth Street East north of Main Avenue would qualify and could cost between $5 million and $10 million.
"Securing federal funding is a minimal five-year process," Scott said.
Public input will be used to help guide the final recommendations submitted to city staff for future implementation. The last study was conducted in 2012.
Public comment will continue to be accepted through Feb. 3 and can be sent to the city at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/WF_9th_Street_Survey.
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