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Published April 10, 2011, 06:03 PM

Both Lanes of I-29 Closed From South of Hillsboro to Fargo Due to Flooding

Interstate 29 was closed about 6 p.m. between Fargo and just south of Hillsboro, N.D. because of water covering a stretch of the highway near Argusville.

By: Forum Communications,

ARGUSVILLE, N.D. – Interstate 29 was closed about 6 p.m. between Fargo and just south of Hillsboro, N.D. because of water covering a stretch of the highway near Argusville.

Northbound traffic in the area was seeing a one-hour delay as cars tried to make it through the flooded section, according to Bob Walton, district engineer for the North Dakota Department of Transportation.

Walton said Highway Patrol troopers will be stationed at the closing points at Cass County Road 20 - exit 60 on the north edge of Fargo - and exit 100, three miles south of Hillsboro.

He said drivers are being urged to use highways 18 and 200.

The detour being set up will route traffic through Casselton, where residents were experiencing their own problems this evening.

City officials sent out an alert this evening that all residents were to stop using water because of problems with the city’s sewer system.

The stretch of I-29 will remain closed until further notice, said Walton.

He said the portion of interstate experiencing flooding was recently rebuilt, but it was not raised.

Interstate detours in place:

• Northbound I-29 traffic will be detoured west on I-94 at Fargo (Exit 63B) to ND Highway 18 at Casselton (Exit 331); then proceed north on ND Highway 18 to ND Highway 200A near Blanchard; then proceed east on ND 200A to I-29.

• Southbound I-29 traffic will be detoured west on ND Highway 200A south of Hillsboro (Exit 100) to ND Highway 18 near Blanchard; then proceed south on ND Highway 18 to I-94 at Casselton; then proceed east on I-94 to I-29.

• Eastbound I-94 traffic that plans to travel north should detour onto ND Highway 18 at Casselton (Exit 331); then proceed north on ND Highway 18 to ND Highway 200A near Blanchard; then proceed east on ND 200A to I-29.

The following highways are affected by flood waters, but remain open with traffic speeds reduced:

• ND Highway 3 just west of Hurdsfield, has water on the edge of the roadway.

• ND Highway 37, seven miles south of Parshall has water on the roadway.

• Interstate 94, two miles west of Tower City, reduced to one lane due to a flood control barrier. Width restriction of 16-feet in place.

• ND Highway 30, seven miles north of Lehr has water on the roadway. Motorists must stop and take turns.

• US Highway 83, five miles south of Max has water on the northbound roadway.

• US Highway 83, three miles north of Minot has water near the edge of the southbound roadway.

• US Highway 83, two miles north of Coleharbor. Both northbound and southbound have water on roadway, reduced to a single lane of traffic.

• ND Highway 13, four miles west of Verona has water on the roadway.

• ND Highway 32, three miles north of Forman has water near the edge of the shoulder. Traffic speeds are normal.

• ND Highway 9, five miles south of Wimbledon has water on the roadway.

• ND Highway 200, nine miles west of Hurdsfield has water near the edge of the shoulder.

• ND Highway 11, at the ND/MN border near Fairmount has water near the edge of the shoulder

• ND Highway 11, ten miles east of Oakes has water near the shoulder.

• ND Highway 32, seven miles north of Lisbon has water on the roadway. Motorists must stop and take turns.

• ND Highway 27, sixteen miles west of Lisbon has water near the edge of the shoulder.

• ND Highway 27, seven miles east of Lisbon has water on the roadway.

• ND Highway 13, two miles west of Wahpeton. Both eastbound and westbound lanes have water on road, reduced to a single lane of traffic.

• ND Highway 18, two miles north of the South Dakota border near Lidgerwood has water near the edge of the shoulder.

• ND Highway 3, one mile south of the ND Highway 200 Junction, west of Hurdsfield,has water on the roadway.

Motorists are encouraged to use caution while traveling, as vehicles that leave the roadway may become immersed in high water. Motorists should also be aware that areas with water on the road may become icy as temperatures drop below freezing. For road information, call 511 from any type of phone or go to the website: www.dot.nd.gov.

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