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Published April 09, 2014, 09:16 PM

Construction to 25th St and 19th Ave N to start this summer

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - By the looks of it, spring has arrived and that means our area's road construction season is just around the corner.

By: Kay Cooley, WDAY

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - By the looks of it, spring has arrived and that means our area's road construction season is just around the corner.

Some of Fargo's major, multimillion dollar projects - like 25th street- are about to kick off.

In just a few weeks, 25th street here by the interstate will look much different.

Although the exact start date is still up in the air, you can already see early signs of construction.

Today I spoke with people out enjoying the weather, as well as the road before it's torn up.

Joe Becker/Fargo Runner: “Great to get outside and be active and just enjoy it.”

Come early May, Joe Becker may have to change his running route.

Becker: “Have to see how messy it gets.”

He's one of many that will be impacted by 25th street's 10.6 million dollar construction project.

Becker: “If it helps traffic obviously it's a good idea.”

Him, and the 2,700 drivers that travel this route daily.

Jeanette Roesler/Lives Nearby: “It's not good.”

Jeanette Roesler lives right down the road.

She says she can't wait for less traffic... But until then...

Roesler: “Truth? No. It's a mess right now and they're taking away some of our yard.”

Road crews are already making room to widen the road to six lanes, Including the bridge over I-94, and adding a new eastbound on ramp.

Roesler: “That's going to be closer to my house and rattle things more on the walls.”

And north of town, 19th Avenue near the Fargodome will also see backups in a few weeks, as they put in a median to control foot traffic.

Becker: “It's seems kind of ironic that your highest traffic season is also the hardest to get around because of all the construction.

Bids for the 25th street project start Friday and work will start just a few weeks after that.

For a full list of projects and time tables, you can visit North Dakota DOT's website, facebook page, or twitter.

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