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Sept. 9, 2022

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MnDOT, City of Moorhead, Metro COG to set up demonstration project on Hwy 10/Main Avenue between Fourth Street and Hwy 75/Eighth Street in Moorhead

DETROIT LAKES, Minn.—The Minnesota Department of Transportation has partnered with the City of Moorhead and Fargo-Moorhead Metropolitan Council of Governments (Metro COG) to set up a demonstration project on Highway 10/Main Avenue in Moorhead, starting the week of Sept. 12.

While crews are setting up the demonstration project, motorists will encounter lane closures on Tuesday, Sept. 13 (eastbound lanes) and Wednesday, Sept. 14 (westbound lanes).

For the demonstration project, Highway 10/Main Avenue between Highway 75/Eighth Street and Fourth Street will be reconfigured to three lanes (one driving lane in each direction with a center left turn lane), with curb extensions at pedestrian crossings and on-street parking. Main Avenue users will encounter traffic control devices such as barrels, signs and additional striping, and are encouraged to “try it out” while the demonstration is in place until mid-October.
There will also be signal modifications to match the demonstration layout.

The proposed layout is similar to what Main Avenue travelers experience in downtown Fargo.

The demonstration project will test the benefits of a three-lane section at this location and help MnDOT evaluate if these changes could become a permanent solution as it begins preparing plans to reconstruct this portion of Main Avenue/Highway 10/75 in the future. The demonstration is a result of a 2020 study led by Metro COG that identified solutions to address the needs of all stakeholders within the corridor. For more information about the demonstration project, visit mndot.gov/d4/projects/moorhead/demo.html.

After the demonstration project has been in place for a few weeks, MnDOT will collect user feedback via an online survey, which will be available on the project website. The survey will open for comments on Sept. 26. Paper versions of the survey will be available at the City of Moorhead and Metro COG offices.