Posted: 8/17/2018

Responses due: 9/21/2018

Metro COG has focused significant planning efforts over the last five-years to study the infrastructure needs of the southern growth area of the region. Metro COG’s 2040 Long Range Transportation Plan identified key corridors in this area, but acknowledged limited ability to extend infrastructure to this area.

In 2014, Metro COG embarked on a large subarea plan called the Southwest Metropolitan Transportation Plan (SWMTP). This plan:

  • Forecasted the growth that was expected to occur in this area,
  • Worked with local jurisdictions of Fargo and Horace to prepare updated land use plans for the study area,
  • Set forth a proposed future functional classification system, and
  • Gave time horizons on when infrastructure investment (i.e. roadway extensions and capacity improvements) would need to occur.

In 2017, Metro COG conducted a corridor study of 52nd Avenue South. This study evaluated the widening of a rural section of 52nd Avenue South between Cass County Road 17 and 45th Street South. The emphasis on widening the 52nd Avenue South corridor was one of the first recommendations to come out of the SWMTP, which is currently scheduled to be constructed in 2019. 

Since the completion of the SWMTP, growth in Horace has been occurring faster than previously assumed, largely due to an agreement between the Cities of Horace and Fargo that resulted in sanitary sewer services provided to Horace. Development in Fargo has been less than anticipated in SWMTP, largely  due to the lack of permanent flood control infrastructure at this time. The SWMTP designated 76th Avenue South as a future principal arterial roadway, which has much to do with its location as the next possible location for an interchange with I-29.

Growth in Horace and in some portions of South Fargo, particularly near Davies High School, has begun to occur in the vicinity of 76th Avenue S.  Metro COG is looking to determine exactly how this corridor should function, and alternative configurations that would achieve the goals of community. 

Recently, Metro COG has worked with the aforementioned jurisdictions to discuss the potential for an interim construction project that would provide alternative access to Horace. This  alternative access may be needed due to the increased pace of growth in Horace combined with the planned development of a new West Fargo Public Schools facility consisting of a high school and middle school on 80 acres of land along 76th Avenue South in Horace. Metro COG and local project partners are seeking assistance to create the vision for the corridor through building consensus with those who have stake in this area and to assess the overall impact of this corridor, and the build alternatives, on the entire transportation network. 


Project Contact Information


Michael Maddox


701-232-3242 ex 33

Fargo-Moorhead Metropolitan Council of Governments
Case Plaza, Suite 232
One 2nd Street North
Fargo, ND 58102