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Published October 25, 2010, 09:43 AM

Area contractors race to finish up before the weather hits

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - With news of lousy weather on the way, those contractors trying to button up road projects, kicked it into high gear this afternoon. After months of detours and delays, I-29 North and several other road projects here in town are close to wrapping up, but rain and slick roads the next 48-hours could change things.

By: Kevin Wallevand, WDAY

Re-opening all of I-29 north of Fargo seems so in reach. Some last minute grinding to smooth out the highway remains. After a summer of waiting and wandering around detour signs, a forecast of rain and slick conditions is the last thing the DOT wanted during this last week of work .

BOB WALTONNorth Dakota DOT: “Biggest concern for us is safety of the traveling public and if the wind kicks the cones around and lane restrictions, it’s never an easy thing to deal with.”

And after nearly a month and a half long closure, 5th Street near Lindenwood Park is about to reopen, but rain today put a damper on the remaining part of the project, putting in new bike paths and sidewalks.

And on 2nd Street near the downtown YMCA and Highrise, crews with Fargo Electric tried to get dirt work down before a muddy mess expected tomorrow. They and other contractors are hoping the wet weather is short lived.

NATHAN BOERBOOMCITY OF FARGO ENGINEERING: “Everybody is realizing the end of the construction season is nearing an end and they need to get a lot of work done.”

The next 48-hours will be critical in reopening miles of highways after a summer long facelift. One early blast of winter wants to delay it a bit, a tease of what is to come. Lane marking work on a section of I-29 near 13th Avenue is expected to wrap up within days, which will mean all of Interstate 29 should be open in all lanes, both directions.