13th Avenue Reconstruction

13th Avenue ReconstructionOverview:

The project will include the construction of a new 6-lane roadway in Fargo and 3-lane westbound and 2-lane eastbound roadway in West Fargo, as well as above and below ground infrastructure improvements from 45th Street S in Fargo to 12th Street E in West Fargo (approximately 1 mile). Project work includes: concrete paving, curb and gutter, shared-use path, city utilities, street lights and traffic signal improvements.

The project's purpose is to replace aging infrastructure, with a goal of improving both pedestrian and vehicular safety and increasing roadway capacity.

PROJECT PHASES – As the project progresses, there will be multiple shifts in traffic control. The anticipated phase schedule is:

  • Phase 2 completion (Complete) – Early September
    • Side-by-side traffic on north side of roadway
  • Phase 3 completion – (Complete) – End of October
    • Side-by-side traffic on south side of roadway- west of 16th Street E
    • Split traffic to the outside lanes of the roadway- east of 16th Street E
  • Phase 4 completion – (Current) - Mid November
  • 45th Street intersection pavement repairs (Complete) – Approximately 3 weeks in June
  • Project completion – Mid November (100% traffic open)

**Please remember all schedules are tentative and weather dependent.

13th Avenue Reconstruction Project Overview


The City of West Fargo project is estimated to cost $7.35 million, with funding through sales tax and special assessments distributed through an improvement district. 

The total special assessment for a single-family residential property owner with less than 2 acres in the improvement district is estimated at $3,500-4,650*, and a 1-acre commercial or multifamily property is estimated at $15,000-20,000*. This balance can be paid in full, or over a 25-year term with interest.

Special assessment district map

*Estimate only. Final special assessments are calculated at the conclusion of the improvement based on the type of property, property size, funding sources and total construction costs.

Project Schedule:

  • Project Begin Date: April 2018
  • Project End Date: November 2018
  • Project Complete: 85%

Completed Work:

  • Sanitary sewer
  • Water main
  • Storm sewer
  • Underground

Current Work:

  • Mainline and turn lane paving
  • Curb and gutter
  • Sidewalks
  • Traffic signals and street lighting
  • Median

Road Closures/Detours:

  • All lanes scheduled to open Nov. 21 with fully operational traffic signals
  • Temporary traffic signals will remain at Seventh Street W. and 45th Street W. until all lighting is complete


Traffic Counts:  

  • Daily traffic count throughout the project is approximately 30,000 vehicles per day.
  • The project will safely accommodate higher traffic counts.

Speed Limits: 

  • Speeds are reduced to 25 mph and flaggers are present
  • Fargo and West Fargo Police Departments are conducting traffic blitzes to help keep safe speeds and work zone
  • Peak travel times: 3 - 6 p.m.
    • Congestion expected during these times

Adjacent Project Work:

Ninth Street E & 13th Avenue Intersection

Sheyenne Street 13th Avenue to 32nd Avenue Reconstruction