U.S. 10 & Business Loop Interstate 94

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What is left of U.S. 10 in North Dakota travels Main Avenue through both West Fargo and Fargo. The four-lane boulevard shares pavement with Business Loop Interstate 94 to Moorhead, Minnesota. U.S. 10 west of West Fargo was truncated in 1987.

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Main Avenue was redesigned through a portion of Fargo and all of West Fargo from a five-lane arterial to include new curb, gutter and divided medians in addition to decorative lamp posts, signal upgrades, multi-use pedestrian paths and utility improvements. An overall three phase project, the first phase reconstructed Business Loop I-94 & U.S. 10 from 6th Street West, near the Sheyenne River, to 5th Street East. The $8.6-million project was completed in 2009. It included removing most of the frontage road system to eliminate conflict points.1

The second phase of the Main Avenue reconstruction, costing $14.6 million, upgraded a 1.4 mile stretch of U.S. 10 from 6th Street East to 45th Street. A dedication ceremony was held on November 5, 2012 for the work that was paid for with a mixture of federal, state and local funds.1

Phase three work on U.S. 10 west of the river was divided into two projects. Phase 1 redesigned Main Avenue from Drain 21 to Interstate 94. It was completed in 2015. Phase 2 will complete construction along Main Avenue between Drain 21 and a new bridge across the Sheyenne River by October 2016. Total costs for the phase is $26.7 million.1

U.S. 10 and U.S. 52 followed separate paths from Moorhead, Minnesota through Downtown Fargo in 1967. U.S. 10 utilized a couplet along Northern Pacific Avenue and Center Avenue east and 1st Avenue North west. U.S. 52 traveled along Main Avenue solo to U.S. 81, where the two combined toward Interstate 29.
U.S. 52 was relocated to overlap with Interstate 94 by 1970 as Business Loop I-94 appears. U.S. 10 remained along a combination of 1st Avenue North and Center Avenue, but was no longer split between a couplet.
The 1982 North Dakota Official Highway Map shows the current alignment of U.S. 10 turning south from Center Avenue along 8th Street South to connect with Main Avenue west from Moorhead to Fargo.

Business Loop I-94 & U.S. 10 east
Ramps from Interstate 94 & U.S. 52 (Exit 343) combine to form the eastbound beginning of U.S. 10 and Business Loop Interstate 94 on Main Avenue in West Fargo. Main Avenue consists of a four-lane arterial throughout all of West Fargo and Fargo. Photo taken 04/22/07.
The first U.S. 10 shield coincides with Business Loop Interstate 94 on Main Avenue east in West Fargo. Main Avenue passes by Bonanzaville USA / Red River Fairgrounds on its trek toward Downtown West Fargo and Fargo. U.S. 10 and Business Loop Interstate 94 share pavement along Main Avenue to U.S. 75 in Downtown Moorhead, Minnesota. Photo taken 04/22/07.
Reassurance markers posted for Business Loop I-94 & U.S. 10 east after 4th Street East. A number of industrial businesses line the north side of Main Avenue while lodging and food establishments line the south side. Photo taken 06/17/15.
9th Street East heads south from Main Avenue to West Fargo High School and Interstate 94 at Exit 347. The street north leads to rural areas and North Dakota Horse Park. Photo taken 06/17/15.

Sources:

  1. "Second phase of Main Avenue reconstruction complete." West Fargo Pioneer, November 7, 2012.
  2. "2016 Construction Open House," online presentation document. City of West Fargo. April 8, 2016.


Photo Credits:

04/22/07, 06/17/15 by AARoads

Connect with:
Interstate 29 & U.S. 81
Interstate 94

Page Updated 04-11-2016.