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METRO—Construction crews are battling Mother Nature.

As you can see, multiple projects across the metro are still happening.

Some of them are set to finish up in the next few weeks, but big projects like one in West Fargo on 13th Avenue and 9th Street aren't set to be done until next year.

Meaning, they're finding ways to "winterize" until next season.

As the iconic saying from Game of Thrones goes, winter is coming.

While it doesn't come as a surprise it's still a tough time for those whose jobs are outside, like construction crews.

With our wintry weather crews are kicking into overdrive to wrap up for projects as big as the 13th Avenue one in West Fargo, it won't be done before Winter..

"Tie up all these loose ends, and clean the job up so it looks good," said Terry Kvare, Contractor.

Crews have to get everything ready for their seasonal hiatus.

"Construction sites over the winter are such a challenge, because we still have to let traffic pass through. Do what we can to make things as accommodating as possible. but to still be ready for next season," said Eric Odegaard, Construction.

Making sure that everything from a motorcycle to a snowplow can get through the finished parts.

"Make sure temporary traffic control in many cases is secured on the round with more sandbags. Temporary striping. For snow removal, cars," said Odegaard.

Along with putting up temporary stop lights to help traffic making sure there is a place for the snow to go.

"Our inlets and catch bases have to stay open so we can get rid of some of the snow," said Odegaard.

The crews know it's just part of the job.

"Look at all aspects, it's a temporary situation, but it's not. Our winters can be long. We have to make sure everybody can be accommodated," said Odegaard.

But, just because they're ready for the winter, doesn't mean they want to be

Right now, this project is about 75 percent complete.

For a full list of projects, follow the links for Fargo, West Fargo and Moorhead.

Cassandra Rohlfing

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