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Ask Us: When will DeMers Avenue construction finish?

DeMers Avenue construction has reduced portions of the busy Grand Forks street to one lane in each direction while construction crews work on a repair project between Interstate 29 and the fire station near Washington Street.

Drivers are in luck: Lane closures, which have been in effect between the interstate and Columbia Road, are likely to shift into their next phase between Columbia Road and the fire station at the opposite end of construction, bringing the bulk of the lane closures closer to completion by mid-July, said Jesse Kadrmas, a project engineer with the North Dakota Department of Transportation.

"From the start, we had good weather for about a week there, then we had really cool temps and a lot of rain and 4 inches of snow, so we got pushed back a little back there," he said. "But besides the weather—as far as progress—things have been going well there."

Following July, Kadrmas said there's still more "incidental" work to do, such as work on traffic signals that will also see updates during the course of the project that could continue to interrupt traffic—but the full spate of closures should be in drivers' rearview mirrors by then, he said.

The full project will cost $5.2 million, with the city of Grand Forks picking up about $600,000 of the tab, the state paying about $460,000 and the federal government paying the remainder.

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Sam Easter

Sam Easter is a City Government reporter for the Grand Forks Herald. You can reach him with story tips, comments and ideas at 701-330-3441.

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