North Fargo construction project affecting several homeownersFargo, ND (WDAY TV) - It will not be just motorists affected by the road delays that come along with this major project, but the home owners who live along the street as well.
By: Danielle Miller, WDAY
It will not be just motorists affected by the road delays that come along with this major project, but the home owners who live along the street as well. Most people say they are very excited for the improvements. However, one major complaint is the full bike lane that will be added with this project.
Lenora Scheer - Fargo: “It is just the safety hazard of it, because I don't want to be the one that is going to run over the first kid.”
Lenora Scheer is happy the road if finally getting some much needed repairs, but is very unhappy with the bike lane.
Lenora Scheer: “Thirty of us that are going to be backing out over the driveways and stuff, which I think is already very dangerous, let alone have somebody back there, I don’t want to run somebody over.”
To add to the frustration of the added lane, one of Scheer’s summer projects has to be postponed.
Lenora Scheer: “Had planned to have my kitchen redone this summer so that might have to go on a hold because my construction people won’t be able to come in here.”
Scheer's neighbors, Zach and Miranda Lavelle are both very excited about the improvements.
Miranda Lavelle - Fargo: “This is needed it for a really long time and I get that it is an inconvenience and it is a lot of work, this is a huge stretch of street that is going to be out for the entire summer.”
They, like Scheer, are worried about the bike lane, but with the future of a brand new road they couldn't be happier.
Miranda Lavelle: “It is an inconvenience for everybody, but for somebody who lives on here I am more than happy to deal with it for a couple of months if I get a new road I am totally OK with it.”
The biggest inconvenience is going to be for the homeowners who live in homes like this one with no access to an alley.
Lisa Morris - Fargo: “Basically walk in on the sidewalks.”
Lisa Morris will have to park along side streets. She says this will be a difficult task since most of the spots will be taken by college students. Morris will also have to carry in all of her groceries by hand.
Lisa Morris: “It is going to be difficult I will probably have to get one of those carts or something.”
Like most of her neighbors, Morris is also happy about the new road regardless of the inconveniences.
Lisa Morris: “We have needed the road repaired for many years.”
The project will be done in sections. First starting at 17th avenue and then working down to 15th avenue. The work should be wrapped up by sometime in October.