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Hundreds of construction projects on North Dakota roads this summer

Hundreds of construction projects on North Dakota roads this summer

GRAND FORKS — Road construction season is underway in North Dakota.

"We need it. Our roads definitely need to be redone," said Mark Brandon, a downtown Grand Forks resident.

In downtown Grand Forks, Demers Avenue has already been ripped up.

WDAY News spoke directly with the North Dakota Department of Transportation last week. We've learned work is being done in nearly every corner of the state.

"It's almost 100 percent chance that you'll get through summer, you have to go through construction projects,” said Wayde Swenson, operations director for the North Dakota Department of Transportation.

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Large sections of Highway 2 from Larimore to Minot will be under construction.

I-29 north of Grand Forks and south of Fargo will also have some work.

The Main Avenue project in Fargo is sending extra traffic over the First Avenue bridge, the 12th Avenue toll bridge or the I-94 bridge.

The interchange of I-94 and Sheyenne will have no more night closures, but the construction on south Sheyenne could be troublesome.

"In North Dakota, obviously everyone knows you get done with winter and we go into construction season. We have a short period of time to get the amount of work that we need to get done," said Swenson.

With work at the mercy of mother nature, delays could be possible.

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"Contractors are moving quickly to try to get those projects done by the end of the year before mother nature shuts them down," said Swenson.

While crews are working, the DOT asks drivers to hit the brakes in construction zones.

"Anywhere I've gone, it seems to be there's something going on," said Brandon.

To see a map of construction, go to the North Dakota Department of Transportation website .

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