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Published on April 25, 2016

Road Construction to Begin on Columbia Road in Front of Altru Health System

Grand Forks, N.D. – Crews will begin working on the City of Grand Forks Columbia Road improvement project spanning from 11th Avenue South to 14th Avenue South on May 3, 2016. The plan includes reconstructing this portion of Columbia Road with widening to six lanes, storm sewer improvements, new roadway lighting and traffic signal system, and improvements to pedestrian facilities in accordance with Americans with Disabilities Act Accessibility Guidelines. 

A single lane of traffic will be allowed to pass north and south with no closures during the construction project, and speed will be reduced to 15 miles per hour. Sidewalks will be closed from 11th Avenue South to Knight Drive. The first phase of the construction project is expected to last until July 4, 2016. Take note of these traffic changes and restricted movements:

  • No northbound to westbound left turns will be allowed at 14th Avenue South.
  • No southbound to eastbound left turns will be allowed at 14th Avenue South or Knight Drive.
  • Access to Columbia Road will be temporarily closed at each intersecting street to the west while the applicable intersection is being reconstructed; only one intersection access will be closed at a time. 

Phase two is proposed to begin on July 5, 2016 including these changes:

  • No northbound to westbound left turns will be allowed at 14th Avenue South or Knight Drive.
  • No southbound to eastbound left turns will be allowed at 14th Avenue South or Knight Drive.
  • Access to Columbia Road will be temporarily closed at each intersecting street to the east while the applicable intersection is being reconstructed; only one intersection access will be closed at a time. The 13th Avenue South intersection will be constructed in halves, with one-way traffic allowed on the unaffected half. 

Safety is the top priority and all driving and pedestrian detours will be clearly marked. During this project, patients will experience travel delays and should plan accordingly, allowing extra time to arrive on time for appointments at Altru Health System. See altru.org/roadconstruction for additional information and patient maps. 

About Altru Health System

Altru Health System is a community-owned, integrated system with an acute care hospital, a specialty hospital, more than a dozen clinics in Grand Forks and the region, and a large home care network. It employs more than 200 physicians and 4,000 staff and has an annual net operating revenue of more than $524 million. As the first member of the Mayo Clinic Care Network, Altru’s providers have access to clinically integrated tools extending Mayo Clinic’s knowledge and expertise to patients.