DICKINSON – Local residents and city officials celebrated the completion of the State Avenue Railroad Bridge project, at a ribbon cutting ceremony today. The two-year project which began in 2015, and consisted of constructing a bridge over the BNSF railroad, also included underground utilities, concrete and asphalt roadway, retaining walls, traffic signals, lighting and sidewalk. The total cost of the project was approximately $33 million.
“With the completion of the State Avenue Railroad Bridge, we are separating approximately 7,000 vehicle a day from 15-20 trains per day,” said Grant Levi, North Dakota Department of Transportation (NDDOT) Director. “This will enhance safety for the traveling public and ensure emergency responders are not delayed.”
The new bridge will allow a better flow of traffic to the area, once oil production ramps up in the Bakken, as well as other local traffic such as from Dickinson State University.
“The improvements made to the roadway have truly enhanced this area,” said Dickinson Mayor Scott Decker. “The partnerships between the city and the residents and business owners in Dickinson were all instrumental in assisting the NDDOT in meeting the transportation needs of this community.”
In total, the state has invested $2.3 billion in one-time state funding since 2011 for state highways. This has allowed the NDDOT to expand existing roadways, build new bridges, construct bypass routes, and improve safety for the traveling public.