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04/26/2017 02:47 PM

NDDOT kicks-off roadway construction season with reminder to motorists to slow down

Today, the North Dakota Department of Transportation (NDDOT), the Associated General Contractors of North Dakota and the North Dakota Highway Patrol announced the start of the 2017 road construction season and encouraged motorists to watch for the orange cones.

This year, the NDDOT has approximately 200 projects planned throughout the state with $465 million of work taking place on highways. “Staying safe in work zones is the ultimate goal for workers and motorists alike,” says Wayde Swenson, NDDOT Director of Operations. “Maintenance and construction work zones are set up to allow a safe place for highway workers to do their jobs and they rely on motorists to pay attention.”

Some of the major DOT projects occurring this year include:

  • I-94 through Bismarck/Mandan

  • ND Highway 20 in Devils Lake

  • US Highway 83 bridges over the Mouse River in Minot

  • ND Highway 1804 from Williston to Epping

  • 32nd Ave S in Fargo

  • Please see list below for more projects in specified areas


    In 2016 motorists were involved in 157 crashes in work zones resulting in four fatalities. North Dakota Highway Patrol stresses the importance of obeying the posted speed limit and being patient while traveling. “While seemingly harmless, speeding through a construction zone poses many dangers to both highway workers and motorists,” says Lt. Mike Roark, ND Highway Patrol. “Troopers take construction zone violations seriously to help create a safe environment in work zones.”


    In addition to slowing down, motorists should follow these tips when driving through work zones this busy travel season:

  • Minimize distractions. Don’t talk on your cell phone, change the radio station or do anything that takes your eyes off the road.

·    Be patient. Work zones aren’t present to inconvenience drivers, they’re an important part in maintaining and rebuilding our state’s infrastructure.

  • Stay alert. Dedicate your full attention to the roadway.


    Following these simple tips will not only help motorists stay safe, but will also help to protect construction workers who are working right along the roadway. “Contractors work hard to minimize the impacts of construction to motorists,” says Russ Hanson, Executive Vice President with the Associated General Contracts of North Dakota. “Crews are working around the clock to complete projects in North Dakota’s short construction seasonGive them room to do their job and slow down.”


    Motorists can stay updated on state construction projects in several ways:

  • Travel Information Map at

  • Call 511

  • NDRoads app for smartphones

  • GovDelivery text/email subscription service: 


2017 NDDOT Highway Construction Projects    

Below is a list of some of the NDDOT road construction projects taking place on state highways during the 2017 construction season. The projects are listed according to the NDDOT District in which they are located.

Bismarck District:

McLean, Sheridan, Oliver, Burleigh, Kidder, Morton, Grant, Sioux, Logan, Emmons, Mercer, Wells and McIntosh counties. Major projects include:

  • I-94 eastbound/westbound from the Grant Marsh Bridge to the east side of Bismarck

  • ND Highway 49 from Glen Ullin north to the Mercer County Line

  • ND Highway 25 from I-94 to Center

  • US Highway 83 from Hazelton to north of Sterling

  • Bridge Replacement at the McKenzie Separation on I-94, three miles west of Sterling

Dickinson District:

Golden Valley, Billings, Dunn, Mercer, Stark, Slope, Hettinger, Bowman and Adams counties.

Major projects include:

  • ND Highway 200 from Killdeer east to Dunn Center

  • I-94 eastbound from 11 miles east of the state line to Medora

  • I-94 eastbound/westbound between Fryburg and Belfield

  • US Highway 12 from Bowman east to the Adams County Line

  • ND Highway 200 between Dunn Center and Halliday


Williston District:

Divide, Burke, Williams, Mountrail, McKenzie and Ward counties.

Major projects include:

  • ND Highway 1804 from the east side of Williston to Epping

  • ND Highway 1804 from north of New Town to County Road 5

  • US Highway 2 from 32nd Ave to 11th St in Williston

  • Roundabout at the intersection of ND Highway 23A and 12th St SE in Watford City

  • US Highway 52 from Portal to east of Flaxton

  • US Highway 85B in Watford City from north of the junction of ND Highway 23A to 9th St SW

Minot District:

Renville, Bottineau, Mountrail, McHenry, Ward, McLean, Sheridan, Wells, Rollette and Pierce counties. Major project include:

  • US Highway 83 bridges over the Mouse River in Minot

  • US Highway 83 Northwest Bypass in Minot

  • Burdick Expressway from 9th Street SE to 15th Street SE in Minot

  • US Highway 2 westbound from near Granville to west of Towner

  • ND Highway 5 from the west junction of ND Highway 28 to Mohall

Devils Lake District:

Rolette, Towner, Cavalier, Pierce, Ramsey, Benson, Wells, Eddy, Nelson, Foster, Griggs and Stutsman counties. Major projects include:

  • ND Highway 20 in Devils Lake

  • ND Highway 17 west of Wolford

  • US Highway 2 eastbound/westbound and frontage roads around Rugby

  • US Highway 2 and ND Highway 20 frontage roads in Devils Lake

  • ND Highway 5 from Langdon going east 10 miles

  • ND Highway 3 from junction ND Highway 66 north to Dunseith

Valley City District:

Stutsman, Barnes, Logan, Lamoure, McIntosh, Dickey, Kidder, Foster, Steele and Ransom counties. Major projects include

  • I-94 westbound from Tower City to east of Valley City

  • ND Highway 20 from Jamestown north to junction ND Highway 9

  • Bridge Replacement at the East Jamestown Interchange on I-94 westbound

  • ND Highway 11 from Ellendale east to near Ludden

  • Median Rest Area on I-94 westbound

Fargo District:

Traill, Cass, Richland, Sargent, Ransom, Steele, Grand Forks, Lamoure and Dickey counties.

Major project include:

  • 32nd Avenue South and 32nd Avenue South Bridge over I-29 in Fargo

  • Southbound I-29 from the state line north 11 miles

  • Intersection of 9th St E and 13th Ave S in West Fargo

  • ND Highway 18 between Blanchard and Mayville

  • ND Highway 18 from Langer Ave to 4th Ave in Casselton

Grand Forks District:

Pembina, Nelson, Walsh, Grand Forks, Griggs, Steele, Cavalier, Ramsey, Traill and Cass counties. Major projects include:

  • Kennedy Bridge on US Highway 2 over the Red River in Grand

  • Bridge Replacement on I-29 northbound south of Pembina

  • Columbia Road from 40th Ave S to 47th Ave S in Grand Forks

  • Demers Avenue from I-29 to 4th Ave S in Grand Forks

  • ND Highway 32 from north of Aneta to Petersburg

*This is a list of NDDOT state highway projects bid for the 2017 construction program and does not include multi-year projects. For information on local city or county projects, please contact local officials.


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