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Published June 17, 2013, 10:05 PM

Construction causing major backups on I-94, I-29

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - The heart of Fargo traffic hit the breaks today. The five mile I-94 stretch that spans all of Fargo is now reduced in lanes.

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - The heart of Fargo traffic hit the breaks today. The five mile I-94 stretch that spans all of Fargo is now reduced in lanes.

To go along with that there are more construction projects as you merge on to 94 in spots.

We're at the hub of this construction. It's single lane traffic for two miles to the west, down a lane for three miles to the east. And to cap it off the bridge from I-29 to eastbound 94 is minus a lane for repair.

It looks like something you see in the twin cities during rush hour. Bumper to bumper, stand still traffic at times.

The five mile stretch of I-94 that spans all of Fargo hasn't had a major project like this in 20 years.

"It's terrible adds 20 minutes. Adds 5 to 10 minutes."

We timed the route from Veterans Boulevard to University Drive for you today, to see how much the cones are affecting your commute.

During light traffic times you’re consistently going 40 miles per hour, it takes about 5 minutes and 45 seconds. On a typical day with no cones that's a 5 minute commute, just a 45 second difference.

It's rush hour that stacks on the time. At best you’re going 20-25, add moments where you completely stop and it's about a 12 minute commute.

Todd Kurtz, WDAY 6 News: "You see any road rage out there?”

“Not yet but I think we will in a few days."

"It wasn't too bad out there today."

The good news half of this project could wrap up in about a month. It's the stretch from I-29 to Minnesota that'll be worked on until October.

Here was the curveball for some drivers from North Fargo today. The tri-level ramp that exits southbound I-29 to 94 eastbound is now reduced to one lane for maintenance. This lane closure is backing up traffic all the way onto I-29. A major concern with any project like this is the number of fender benders.

The first day of rush hour traffic and here's the scene just east of 45th Street. DOT officials say it happens when drivers don't prepare to come into stand still traffic.

They say if this happens a month from now, there won't be a shoulder for people to pull on to and that's when I-94 could see major traffic jams. And it's always a good idea to have a back-up route.

Kevin Gorder, ND DOT: “In all of the years doing construction in town, it takes a couple of days for things to balance out and sometimes it's good, so you never know. So if you have an alternate route, yeah, great, that would be encouraged.”

You can stay on top of traffic alerts by texting 'FargoDOT' to 66746. Also the DOT is making a push on Facebook and Twitter to keep people up to date on changing traffic conditions.