(West Fargo, ND) -- On Wednesday, September 29th, 9th Street NW will close from Main Avenue West to 2nd Avenue NW for improvements to the water main and road. There will also be lane reductions on Main Avenue West at the 9th Street NW intersection.

The work will replace the undersized, isolated water main in the area with a looped, properly sized water main for improved capacity. Looping the water main provides multiple routes in the distribution system to improve water pressure.

Crews will also install a new turn lane on 9th Street NW to turn west on Main Avenue West. Without this new lane, traffic on 9th Street NW can stack behind vehicles turning east on Main Avenue West. The dedicated lane will allow westbound traffic to move around those vehicles.

The project estimate is just over $1 million. Almost 50% of the project cost will receive funds through a State Water Commission grant. The rest of the funding comes from water utility revenues and capital improvement sales tax. This project will not use special assessments. 

The closure and improvements should finish by Wednesday, October 20th, pending weather conditions. Traffic will detour to Center Street and 12th Avenue NW.