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Vision Zero Award: 52nd Avenue South

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Vision Zero Award: 52nd Avenue South

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The Vision Zero Infrastructure Project of the Year is presented by the North Dakota Department of Transportation (NDDOT) to honor projects that significantly contribute to the goal of zero transportation fatalities in North Dakota. This year, the NDDOT recognized the 52nd Avenue South project in Fargo due to its many safety improvements for both motorists and pedestrians. 

This roadway was originally designed to serve a modest amount of primarily rural residents. However, due to the steady expansion of the cities of West Fargo, Fargo, and Horace, this rural roadway was soon bustling with traffic—surrounded by new homes, shopping destinations, workplaces, and schools.

This project transformed 2 miles of 52nd Avenue South into a four-lane divided roadway with several new traffic control features, including the first restricted access U-turns (RCUTs) constructed in the Fargo-Moorhead area. To better serve pedestrians, new pedestrian facilities were added throughout the corridor. These included new signal-protect crossings, a below-grade crossing, and a miles of shared use paths and sidewalks.

The improvements made throughout this corridor will increase safety for both motorists and pedestrians while still relieving traffic congestion issues. HEI is proud to have contributed to this project on behalf of the City of Fargo and the Fargo-Moorhead Metropolitan Council of Governments.

“The goal of zero fatalities on North Dakota roads is not impossible, but it will take all of us to get there.” – NDDOT 

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