December 11, 2017
August 04, 2017
Written by Public Works Staff
Ninth Street East and 13th Avenue East project to start Aug. 7

The Ninth Street East and 13th Avenue East intersection reconstruction and widening project will begin phase one Monday, Aug. 7, 2017.

Phase one will focus on reconstructing and widening the 13th Avenue East and Ninth Street East intersection to accommodate dual left turn lanes in all directions, as well as underground utility improvements in that area. The work is expected to finish in November.

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During this time 13th Avenue East will close from Ninth Street East to Prairie Parkway on the west side and Ninth Street East to 12th Street East on the east side. Ninth Street East will remain open, however, traffic will be consolidated to one northbound and southbound lane. Local businesses and residential areas will be accessible through detours throughout the area. Drivers that do not need to access the area are encouraged to utilize Seventh Avenue West and 17th Avenue East to travel east and west, as well as Sheyenne Street and 17th Street East to travel north and south.

Phase two of this project will occurring during the 2018 construction season and cover the addition of an extra northbound lane on Ninth Street East from 13th Avenue East to Seventh Avenue East. This will be a much smaller portion of the project, with less traffic impacts.

This intersection is one of the most accident-prone intersections in the state, with traffic volume surging significantly in recent years to 20,000 vehicles per day. This project will reduce the risk of collisions and sideswipes, improve traffic flow and make the route to West Fargo High School safer and more efficient during peak school traffic hours.

The City of West Fargo was successful in securing $1.9 million in federal funding for the project. The additional cost of the project is estimated at $4 to $5 million, which will be paid through a special assessment district.

After unexpected delays in acquiring necessary easements, it was determined the project would need to split into two phases. The phased approach allows the city to utilize federal funds allocated for 2017 to help pay for part of the project. This will also ensure 13th Avenue East is open when the Sheyenne Street corridor project begins, which will affect traffic from 13th Avenue East to 32nd Avenue East, and will require the use of 13th Avenue East for detours.

This article can be found at www.westfargond.gov