Award of Merit
Owner: City of West Fargo/North Dakota Dept. of Transportation
Lead Design Firm: KLJ
General Contractor: Northern Improvement Co.
Civil Engineer: Moore Engineering Inc.
Geotechnical Engineering: Braun Intertec
Subcontractors: Gladen Construction Inc.; Industrial Builders Inc.; Strata Corp.
This project reconstructed a 1.9-mile stretch of Sheyenne Street through the heart of West Fargo’s residential neighborhoods and improved the interchange with Interstate 94. Travel on the street during peak hours resulted in commuters experiencing long queues that led to safety issues, so the team transformed the two-lane rural roadway into a six-lane urban corridor with new storm and sanitary sewer, water main, pedestrian facilities and traffic signals.
The team used microsimulation models to evaluate operations and explore proposed safety improvements. With private development occurring on several properties adjacent to the roadway, the team integrated a thorough traffic control plan with the phases of the project to maintain interchange movement, facilitate temporary drainage and complete the construction. The project is expected to reduce total crash potential in the corridor by 60%.