New West Fargo Fire Headquarters on track for spring completion – InForum

WEST FARGO – A fairly dry summer allowed work on the new West Fargo Fire Department headquarters to proceed on schedule.

The new headquarters at 1201 10th Ave. E. is estimated to be around $18.5 million, nearly double his original estimate of $10 million. It will be funded by the capital improvement sales tax, cash reserves and a $10 million bond.

Headquarters will house new, additional full-time crews to reduce response times and reduce fire casualties in West Fargo. Currently, all full-time crews are based at West Fargo Fire Department South Station, with only part-time crews servicing the leased North Station.

The West Fargo Fire Department has leased North Station, where the administrative offices are located, from the West Fargo Rural Fire Department since 2017. The offices will be moved from the station to 106 1st St., and the Rural Dept. will keep the old station after the city moves.

“This new headquarters will allow our department to reduce response times to better serve West Fargo residents,” said Fire Chief Dan Fuller.

The teams inaugurated the project in May and it should be finished in the spring.

An architect’s rendering of the new West Fargo Fire Headquarters to be built in 2022.

Special for the pioneer

West Fargo is working on the rehabilitation of the city’s sanitary sewer collection system and a new multi-use bike path in the older part of town.

Severe deterioration of the manholes on the north side of the sewer system prompted the city to undertake the $4.6 million project.

The teams are working on around 40 looks this summer. Twenty will be coated with an epoxy coating, while the other 20 will be reinforced with inserts.

The city pointed out that work on the manholes is being paid for through the city’s capital improvement sales tax and sewer service rates rather than special assessments, part of West Fargo’s efforts to reduce the use of special assessments through strategic planning, funding and policy development.

Also on the city’s agenda this year is the extension of a north-south bike and pedestrian path from Seventh Avenue East to Main Avenue near the city post office.

Assistant city engineer Jerrold Wallace said it was one of the first such trails in the older part of town.

Last year, the first phase was to build the 10-foot trail from 13th Avenue to 7th Avenue partially through Service Club Park. The trail runs along the drainage ditch near Fourth Street East.

The trail connects to others in the city and is paid for with a $290,000 grant from the North Dakota Department of Transportation, with the rest of the $632,000 project coming from the sales tax improvement fund. city ​​assets. There are no special assessments involved.

Another infrastructure project is scheduled for later this summer and involves city-wide concrete repairs of deteriorated panels, extending the life of pavements.

The largest sign replacement will take place on Ninth Street near West Fargo High School. It will take about eight weeks and will affect traffic.

Due to extreme weather conditions, First Avenue East was scheduled to close on Monday, July 11, between Fifth Street East and Sixth Street East, for concrete repairs due to the road buckling. Repairs should be complete by Monday, July 25, depending on weather conditions.

Road buckling can occur when the air temperature changes from moderate to extreme heat. The higher the temperature, the more the pavement material expands, resulting in warping.

Ninth Street Northwest will be closed Wednesday, July 13 through Tuesday, July 19, from Main Avenue West to Second Avenue Northwest for waterline upgrades. Traffic will detour to Center Street and 12th Avenue NW.

The improvements will continue a project launched in 2021 to replace the isolated water main in the area with an appropriately sized loop water main for improved capacity. Looping the main water line provides multiple routes in the distribution system to improve water pressure.

The project estimate is just over $1 million and is partially funded by the North Dakota State Water Commission grant. The rest of the funding will come from water utility revenues and capital improvement sales tax. The project will not use special assessments.

2nd Avenue East will close as of Monday, July 18, between


East Street and


East Street, for asphalt repairs. Repairs should be complete by Wednesday, July 20, depending on weather conditions. Residential access will be maintained.

Journalist Barry Amundson contributed to this report.

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