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 1 completion –  Early May (COMPLETE)
  • Phase 2 completion – End of June (BEGINS MAY 9)
    • Side-by-side traffic on north side of roadway
    • 45th Street intersection pavement repairs - approximately 3 weeks
  • Phase 3 completion – Middle of September
    • Side-by-side traffic on south side of roadway
  • Phase 4 completion – Middle of October  
  • 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:

  • 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.

13th Avenue Reconstruction Phase2 traffic map

Phase 2 Traffic Control Map (PDF)

  • Phase 2:
    • Side-by-side traffic on north side of roadway
    • 45th Street intersection pavement repairs - Approximately 3 weeks
    • Lane restrictions at the intersection of 13th Avenue and 45th Street
    • Intermittent intersection closures (will be staggered so two consecutive intersections are not closed at the same time)
    • Sidewalk removals on both sides of the roadway to allow for city and private utilities to be installed under sidewalk areas
  • Phase 2 Open:
    • One driving lane plus dedicated left turn lane in each direction
    • Access to surrounding streets
    • Business access is maintained
  • Phase 2 Closures:
    • Southside of the roadway
    • North to south pedestrian sidewalk crossing is at Ninth or 45th Streets

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