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Road work to shift in 25th Street South construction zone

FARGO – Road construction crews will shift the work zone on 25th Street South in Fargo early Tuesday morning.

Northbound and southbound traffic will be head to head between 16th and 25th avenues south. Traffic will be traveling on the east side of the bridge as the North Dakota Department of Transportation begins the second phase of the project.

The changeover begins at 6 a.m.

NDDOT says existing traffic signals will be removed and temporary signals will be used in the area. Left turn lanes will not be accessible in the work zone. Left turns from intersecting streets onto 25th Street South will be restricted, with the exception of 18th Street South, Interstate 94 ramps and 17th Avenue South.

This phase of the reconstruction on the west side of 25th Street South includes the southwest loop and exit ramp, the northwest ramp and bridge widening. Crews will begin pavement removal on the west half of the roadway, the bridge and roadway will be reconstructed and widened, turn lanes will be constructed and intersections will receive improvements.

Crews continue work in the median of I-94 and left lane and shoulder closures will remain during this phase.

Throughout this work zone, motorists can expect:

• Reduced speeds of 25 mph on 25th Street and 40 mph on I-94. Reduced speeds are present in the work zone to ensure safety for the traveling public and crews that will be working adjacent to traffic.

• Congestion through project area where traffic is head to head.

• Left turns will not be accessible from many intersections in the project area. Motorists will only be able to make right turns from these intersections in the work zone. This is to provide safety to workers and to lessen the traffic impacts of the project.

• Significant delays, as there will be reduced lanes of traffic throughout the project and on I-94 where crews are widening the bridge pier.

The NDDOT Fargo District suggests planning ahead and using alternate routes if possible.

The 25th Street South reconstruction project will add an additional driving lane in each direction on the stretch between 17th Avenue and 23rd Avenue, including widening the bridge that crosses I-94. An on-ramp will be added for northbound traffic on 25th Street South to enter eastbound I-94 without crossing traffic.

At the completion of the project, motorists will increase from two to three lanes of traffic in each direction, with a center turning lane.

The project is expected to wrap up in November, weather permitting.