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Posted on: June 21, 2019

East Beaton Drive will close to traffic beginning Monday

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Starting at 7 a.m. Monday, June 24, East Beaton Drive will close to all traffic from the Sheyenne Street intersection to west of the area businesses found on the frontage road.

Residential access will be maintained at the East Beaton Drive and Sheyenne Street intersection, or residents can use their second entrance north of the intersection at 19th Avenue and Sheyenne Street. Crews will be removing the existing frontage roadway for underground utility work and improvements to the driving surface. Work will last for the next month, weather permitting.

By mid-next week, the median driving lanes through 32nd Avenue W. and Sheyenne Street intersections are slated to open to drivers. Crews will continue to work at the intersection in the quadrants. Some of the remaining work in the boulevards may require off-peak short-term lane closures during the day.

Once the median lanes reopen, motorists will encounter:

  • Southbound: dedicated left turn lane, two right turn lanes, one through lane to access the local traffic road
  • Northbound from the local traffic road: dedicated left turn lane, shared right/through lane
  • Westbound: dedicated left turn lane for the local traffic road, one through lane, shared through/right turn lane
  • Eastbound: dedicated left turn lane, one through lane, shared through/right turn lane to access the local traffic road

Sheyenne Street remains closed south of 32nd Avenue W. to through traffic. Local access remains in place for residents and businesses south of 32nd Avenue.

Crews are close to completing the new southbound Sheyenne Street Diversion bridge. By the end of next week, southbound and northbound Sheyenne Street drivers will shift to use the new driving lanes and bridge over the channel. Drivers will continue to have one lane open in each direction between 26th Avenue to north of the Diversion. Once traffic shifts, crews will continue to work on widening the existing Diversion bridge to allow for an additional driving lane for northbound Sheyenne Street traffic.

In the Segment 3 work zone, 40th Avenue W. and Sheyenne Street intersection is open to east – west and southbound Sheyenne Street traffic. The protected pedestrian crossing is open on the south side of the intersection while work continues north of the intersection. Motorists are reminded that additional traffic will be diverted to use Sheyenne Street to 40th Avenue W with the roadway closure of 52nd Avenue South at 63rd Street South intersection in Fargo.

City of West Fargo and project staff are monitoring detour routes and traffic movements throughout the entire Sheyenne Street corridor. A traffic signal watch person is on-site daily to monitor the signal timing during peak hour of traffic flow and will make any needed adjustments through intersections.

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The two-year Sheyenne Street corridor reconstruction project began in 2018 and will ease congestion and safety concerns in West Fargo by adding lanes to Sheyenne Street from 13th Avenue W. to 40th Avenues W. and reconstructing the I-94 Sheyenne Street interchange. The City of West Fargo is overseeing the project from 13th Avenue W. to 40th Avenue W. and the North Dakota Department of Transportation (NDDOT) is overseeing the interchange. Segment 1, completed in 2018, reconstructed a five-lane section of road from 13th Avenue W. to Beaton Drive. A six-lane section with raised median, offset turn lanes and a new bridge over the Sheyenne Diversion is currently under construction in segment 2 from Beaton Drive to 32nd Avenue W. Work on segment 3, from 32nd Avenue W. to past 40th Avenue W., began in 2019 and will result in a new four-lane section of road with a raised median and offset left-turn lanes.

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