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Fargo motorists urged to avoid river area

Fargo Police Chief Keith Ternes urges motorists, especially those commuting to and from work, to avoid corridors near the Red River.

Traffic congestion, already a problem with street closures because of dikes, will become greater with the commute.

Specifically, Ternes urged drivers to avoid Fourth Street North to get to the downtown area. Instead, he advises them to use University Drive or Broadway.

Similarly, drivers should try to use east-west avenues instead of north-south thoroughfares, and should use streets and avenues as far west as possible from the river corridor or city center.

Drivers should consider taking Interstates 29 and 94 to reach their destinations. Although the distance is longer, the time actually will be less in many cases, Ternes said.

North Fargo street closures, as of Sunday evening:

-Second Street between First and Sixth avenues north

-Second Street from Main Avenue to Fourth Street South

-The First Avenue North bridge between Fargo and Moorhead

-Elm Street between 13th and 16th avenues north

-Oak Street between Ninth and 11th avenues north

-Broadway from 35th Avenue North to the Red River, including the


One eastbound lane of 52nd Avenue South from 45th Street to I-29.

In addition, access to the Harwood Drive and River Drive areas is limited to local residents.

Starting at 10 a.m. today, the 12th Avenue North toll bridge and 64th Avenue South between 25th Street and I-29 will be closed.

Also, Ternes said, motorists should obey closed streets, unless they live in the area or are authorized to help in flood mitigation efforts.

Residents also are being ordered to stay away from levee areas.