13th Avenue Reconstruction

13th Avenue ReconstructionOverview:

The project will include the construction of a new 6-lane roadway in Fargo and 3-lane westbound and 2-lane eastbound roadway in West Fargo, as well as above and below ground infrastructure improvements from 45th Street S in Fargo to 12th Street E in West Fargo (approximately 1 mile). Project work includes: concrete paving, curb and gutter, shared-use path, city utilities, street lights and traffic signal improvements.

The purpose of the project is to replace aging infrastructure, with a goal of improving both pedestrian and vehicular safety and increasing roadway capacity.

The anticipated phase schedule is:

  • Phase 2 completion (Current) – End of August – West Fargo portion
    • Side-by-side traffic on north side of roadway
  • Phase 3 completion – (Current) – End of September – Fargo portion
    • Side-by-side traffic on south side of roadway
  • Phase 4 completion – Middle of October
  • 45th Street intersection pavement repairs (Completed) – Approximately 3 weeks in June
  • Project completion – Middle of October (100% traffic open)

By partnering on the project this year, it adds efficiencies to a major road construction project and ensures the traffic impacts only last one more season as opposed to multiple seasons. If you have questions about the project, please contact us right away.  

13th Avenue Reconstruction Project Overview

Funding:

The City of West Fargo project is estimated to cost $7.35 million, which will be funded through sales tax and special assessments distributed through an improvement district. 

The total special assessment for a single-family residential property owner with less than 2 acres in the improvement district is estimated to be $3,500-4,650*, and a 1 acre commercial or multifamily property is estimated to be $15,000-20,000*. This balance can be paid in full, or over a 25-year term with interest.

Special assessment district map

*Estimate only. Final special assessments are calculated at the conclusion of the improvement based on the type of property, property size, funding sources and total construction costs.

Road Closures/Detours:

14th Street E. temporary closing traffic impacts

ACCESS CHANGE – Monday, Aug. 13

Temporary closing of 17th Street E. intersection

ACCESS CHANGE – Wednesday, Aug. 8

  • LOCATION: Intersection of 17th Street E and 13th Avenue –south side
  • CHANGE: Access to 13th Avenue is temporarily closed
  • REOPENING: Saturday, Aug. 18, late evening, weather pending
  • PROJECT WORK: Crews will work to complete removals, watermain, earthwork, and concrete paving through the intersection.

Temporary closing of 48th St. S. intersection

ACCESS CHANGE – Monday, August 20

  • LOCATION: Intersection of 48th Street S and 13th Avenue – north side
  • CHANGE: Access to 13th Avenue is temporarily closed
  • REOPENING: Friday, August 25, weather pending
  • PROJECT WORK: Crews will work to install new storm sewer and water main on the north side of the intersection

14th St. E. intersection now open

ACCESS CHANGE – Tuesday, August 21

  • LOCATION: Intersection of 14th Street E and 13th Avenue – south side
  • CHANGE: Access to 13th Avenue is OPEN
  • REOPENING: Tuesday, August 21, late evening, weather pending
  • PROJECT WORK: Crews paved through the south side of the intersection.

17th St. E. intersection now open

ACCESS CHANGE – Tuesday, August 21

  • LOCATION: Intersection of 17th Street E and 13th Avenue – south side
  • CHANGE: Access to 13th Avenue is OPEN
  • REOPENING: Tuesday, August 21, late evening, weather pending
  • PROJECT WORK: Crews worked to complete removals, water main, earthwork, and concrete paving through the intersection.

Temporary closing of 16th St. E. intersection

ACCESS CHANGE – Wednesday, August 22

  • LOCATION: Intersection of 16th Street E and 13th Avenue – south side
  • CHANGE: Access to 13th Avenue is temporarily closed
  • REOPENING: Monday, August 27, weather pending
  • PROJECT WORK: Crews will work on concrete paving through the intersection.

PROJECT WORK: Crews will work to install new storm sewer and water main on the north side of the intersection

  • Throughout project:
    • Access and use of 13th Avenue will remain open with at least one lane of traffic plus turning lanes open in both eastbound and westbound directions. 
    • Short-term intersection closures will occur in each phase.
    • Business access will be maintained and access will continue from current side streets during the construction project. As the project progresses, there will be shifts in traffic control and open driving lanes, temporary lane reductions and short-term intersection closures.

TRAFFIC CONTROL – Phase 2 in West Fargo will continue until the end of August and phase 3 in Fargo will continue until the end of September

Work zone: 13th Avenue between 45th Street S in Fargo to 12th Street E in West Fargo

Traffic control: Motorist are carried side-by-side on the north side of the roadway through West Fargo and carried side-by-side on the south side of the roadway through Fargo

OPEN:

  • One driving lane plus dedicated left turn lane each direction
  • Access to surrounding side streets
  • Business access is maintained

CLOSED:

  • North side of the roadway – 47th Street S to 17th Street E
  • South side of the roadway – 17th Street E to 12th Street E
  • Sidewalks – North to south pedestrian crossing is at 9th or 45th Streets

UPCOMING:

  • Entire project will shift fully into phase 3 throughout the project limits
  • Intermittent intersection work:
    • South side access of 14th, 16th, and 17th intersections
    • North side access of 47th, 48th, and 50th intersections

To access commerce or travel through the area, drivers are encouraged to use alternative routes for their east-west driving.

Upcoming traffic control 8.17.2018

PROJECT PHASES – As the project progresses, there will be multiple shifts in traffic control. The anticipated phase schedule is:

  • Phase 2 completion (Current) – End of August – West Fargo portion
    • Side-by-side traffic on north side of roadway
  • Phase 3 completion – (Current) – End of September – Fargo portion
    • Side-by-side traffic on south side of roadway
  • Phase 4 completion – Middle of October
  • 45th Street intersection pavement repairs (Completed) – Approximately 3 weeks in June
  • Project completion – Middle of October (100% traffic open)

The purpose of the project is to replace aging infrastructure, with a goal of improving both pedestrian and vehicular safety and increasing roadway capacity through the area.

Future traffic control 8.17.2018

13th Avenue construction zone looking west from 17th Street

FAQ:

Traffic Counts:  

  • Daily traffic count throughout the project is approximately 30,000 vehicles per day
  • The project will safely accommodate higher traffic counts

Speed Limits: 

  • Speeds will be reduced to 25 mph and flaggers will be present
  • Fargo and West Fargo Police Departments will be conducting traffic blitzes to help keep safe speeds and work zone
  • Peak travel times: 3 - 6 p.m.
    • Congestion expected during these times

Adjacent Project Work:

Ninth Street E & 13th Avenue Intersection

Sheyenne Street 13th Avenue to 32nd Avenue Reconstruction