BISMARCK – Spring has arrived, which means warmer weather, and now it’s time for the North Dakota Department of Transportation to begin road construction projects. Most of the road work is expected to be complete by this fall but could create havoc for those traveling this summer in western and central North Dakota.
Projects include: Construction will begin Monday, April 24 on the US 83 West Bypass near Minot. The Bypass will be expanded to four-lanes from US 2 north to 4th Ave. NW with the construction of two new bridges adjacent to the existing bridges over the Souris River and the Canadian Pacific Railway in 2017. Work on the existing roadway including the replacement of the existing bridge over the Souris River will take place in 2018.
Another project will begin Tuesday, April 25 on ND Highway 20 from Jamestown north to ND Highway 9. Construction consists of roadway widening, curve realignment and resurfacing.
During road construction, please be aware:
- Speeds will be reduced to 25-40 mph
- A width restriction of 12 feet will be in place
- Flaggers and pilot car will be present
- Motorists may experience delays during pilot car operations
- Gravel and oil may be present on the roadway
Drive safely as we head into warmer weather, and for more information about construction projects and road conditions throughout North Dakota, call 511
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.
DICKINSON – As North Dakota law enforcement agencies announce the annual Labor Day crackdown to prevent impaired driving, they have a new ally: Miss North Dakota, Macy Christianson. After receiving her crown in June, Macy is focused on making a difference during her reign by urging North Dakotans to make the smart decision not to drink and drive. Macy has added the momentum of her platform to the North Dakota Department of Transportation’s “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign this month.
“About half of the motor vehicle deaths in our state have been alcohol-related—those are lives that could be saved if the driver was sober,” said Macy. “Drinking and driving is a decision that can overturn your life—and the life of someone else.”
Forty-eight law enforcement agencies across the state, including the North Dakota Highway Patrol, will deploy additional patrols for DUI enforcement August 17 through September 5. Along with the North Dakota Highway Patrol (NDHP), participating law enforcement agencies in the southwest region include the Stark County Sheriff’s Department, Adams County Sheriff’s Department, the Dickinson Police Department and the Killdeer Police Department.
“It’s easy to do the right thing and avoid an arrest,” said Chief Eric Braathen of the Killdeer Police Department. “Simply plan ahead for a sober driver or a place to stay. If you’re not drinking, offer to be a designated driver.”
Funding for high-intensity impaired driving enforcement is provided by the North Dakota Department of Transportation in order to prevent impaired driving crashes. Learn more about the efforts to reduce roadway deaths and serious injuries at ndcodefortheroad.org or join the conversation on the Code for the Road Facebook or Twitter page. Memorials to individuals killed by impaired drivers in North Dakota can be viewed at ndcodefortheroad.org/memorial.