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Published December 12, 2012, 09:38 PM

15 minute fix turns into five days of annoyance on Main Avenue

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - Long lines of cars and "backed up traffic" the last few days on the Main Avenue Bridge between Moorhead and Fargo can be traced back to two problems.

By: Kevin Wallevand, WDAY Staff Reports, WDAY

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - Long lines of cars and "backed up traffic" the last few days on the Main Avenue Bridge between Moorhead and Fargo can be traced back to two problems.

One manhole cover, and miscommunication or no communication between several City of Moorhead departments.

The barricades are down, but it is unclear who blocked the busiest road in town.

For the last few nights, afternoon rush hour traffic on main avenue between Moorhead and Fargo looked and sounded like this. Cars backed up from M&H in Moorhead west to Fargo's Bank of the West on Main and 4th street. In fact, this ambulance headed into Fargo, came into Moorhead going the wrong way, because of the backed up traffic.

The problem is this. One manhole cover in front of John Alexander's that fell into the manhole. And so Saturday, someone from the city of Moorhead put up cones and barricades, restricting east bound traffic to one lane.

Chad Martin, Moorhead Public Works: “We had an internal breakdown in communication, the job as simple as repairing the manhole could have been done Monday.”

Since this lane closure on Main last weekend, we have had a snow storm and three business days, about the only work done is the installation of this manhole cover today.

After we noticed no workers were ever at the barricaded site for the last five days, we started asking questions of MN Dot and several Moorhead City Departments. No one knew anything: Street, Wastewater, Public Works, Public Service, Police.

A blocked off busy street no one knew anything about and a simple manhole cover that needed 15 minutes of attention. Not five days of delays and detours for motorists.

Martin: “A lane closure when it is severe problem at best a nuisance this is irritating, yes it is.”

A few hours after our inquiries, the barricades and cones were gone. The manhole cover welded shut.

Moorhead Police did not get a notice of the lane closure, and Public Works is still trying to figure who put up the barricades.

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