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Published September 10, 2012, 06:05 PM

Moorhead bringing back two ramps on I-94

Moorhead, MN (WDAY TV) - Another road project in the area. This time, the traffic delays may be worth it.

By: Kevin Wallevand, WDAY Staff Reports, WDAY

Moorhead, MN (WDAY TV) - Another road project in the area. This time, the traffic delays may be worth it.

MN-DOT is "putting back" two of four ramps that were ripped out two years ago.

The city is paying for the $1.5 million project.

As westbound semi-trucks and cars backed up on interstate 94 in Moorhead today, crews began to re-install ramps that were ordered shut down just 24 months ago.

Carole Seal, Moorhead Antique Mall: “We would get phone calls, what happened to you how do we get there people would try to get here and they could not find us and said they were going on.”

Businesses like the Moorhead Antique Mall cannot wait for the ramps to re-open. It has been a nightmare. Customers not knowing where to go anymore, in order to find the store, which was right off the old closed ramps. Now they are counting down the days until those ramps have life again.

Seal: “We are hopeful we will get if not all, most of our traffic back.”

When the 34th street project started, the federal government required the ramps on to 52 be shutdown, protests from the city and businesses started immediately. Two years after they were pulled out, they are going back in.

This first week will be the roughest for traffic delays. A shoulder is being widened, allowing for two lane traffic the rest of construction. A relief.

Seth Yliniemi, MN-DOT: “Instead of a full lane closure, the whole time we are just going to have it a few days here.”

Clearly the opposition and noise from businesses and the city of Moorhead got someone's attention. And it will mean dollar signs for those who fought to get the ramps back.

The ramps should be done and open for traffic by mid-October.

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