Construction workers give advice on navigating cone zones
WEST FARGO, N.D. — If you're driving through orange construction cones, you might get a little confused when it comes to where the lanes are, or where you're supposed to drive.
West Fargo is buzzing with machines as some major streets get some major construction.
On 19th Ave. W., cars have to go down a bypass when traveling southbound on Sheyenne.
It's a hassle for drivers and homeowners alike.
"You don't leave, and you can't go left, you have to go all the way down to the end and come back around," says Bruce Werner, who lives near the construction.
"It's a lot, then you have to take all these detours sometimes and it just kind of makes things a little more difficult," says Rita Gabel, who also lives nearby.
In this area, the cars tend to pile up, and it can be confusing to know which way to go, or even which lane to use.
Construction workers say there are small tricks that few drivers know about that could help clear the way.
"Take a look at the pavement. You may have some type of skips going on there, trying to guide which lane you need to go to," says Chris Brungardt with West Fargo Public Works. "We tell you which lanes are supposed to turn left, right, and straight. So, we're trying to give as many tips and aids as possible to the traveling public."
One of those tips: if you pass a barricade, there could be an arrow on top pointing to what lane you should use, but if there's not, you can always just look at the barricade itself.
The low point of the stripe tells you which lane is open.
Construction workers say these tips help, especially if it's dark or foggy.
"You see someone driving down the wrong way and then trying to drive a few cones to get back to the right side," says Brungardt. "Whenever we start a new construction zone you see a lot of people driving the wrong way."
Drivers will have time to adjust to these projects.
Construction on 19th Ave. W. is not expected to be done until October — and that's just a winter break.
The project will continue south along Sheyenne next spring.