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05/17/2018 03:00 PM

NDDOT’s construction season kicks-off with reminder to motorists to slow down in work zones

Today, the North Dakota Department of Transportation (NDDOT), the Associated General Contractors of North Dakota and the North Dakota Highway Patrol kicked-off the 2018 construction season with a reminder to motorists to slow down in work zones.  


This year, the NDDOT has approximately $370 million of work taking place on highways.Every driver plays a role in this year’s construction program,” says NDDOT Director Tom Sorel. “Take responsibility and make safe choices when driving. One of the easiest choices you can make as a driver when you enter a work zone is to slow down.”


Work will be taking place in all parts of the state. Some of the major DOT projects occurring this year include:

  • I-94 Sheyenne Street Interchange and Sheyenne Street in West Fargo

  • New Town North West Truck Reliever Route

  • ND Highway 1804 between New Town and Williston

  • Intersection reconstruction on US Highway 2 at 42nd St SE in Minot

  • Reconstruction and widening on US Highway 281 from west of Fort Totten to south of Minnewaukan

  • Concrete pavement repair on I-29 northbound from north of Grand Forks to Oslo

  • Paving and bridge work on ND Highway 8 from Richardton to south of Halliday

  • Paving and bridge work on I-94 eastbound from west of Crystal Springs to east of Cleveland

  • Please see list below for more projects in specified areas


    Thanks to the patience of motorists and dedication of law enforcement, there were zero motor vehicle fatalities in work zones in 2017. North Dakota Highway Patrol stresses the importance of obeying the posted speed limit and being patient while traveling. “Troopers take construction zone violations seriously to help create a safe environment,” says Sgt. Tim Coughlin. “While it may seem harmless to speed through the work zone, it can have serious consequences to either the motorists or even the highway workers.”


    Slowing down and being patient isn’t the only thing motorists can do. 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 will be out all summer working to improve roadways,” says Russ Hanson, Executive Vice President with the Associated General Contracts of North Dakota. “North Dakota has a short construction season and the crews are working to get projects completed in the shortest amount of time as possible. Give 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:

Below is a list of some of the NDDOT road construction projects taking place on state highways during the 2018 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:

  • ND Highway 3 from Steele to Tuttle

  • ND Highway 200 from Denhoff to the Hurdsfield

  • ND Highway 200 from Mercer to the east of McClusky

  • ND Highway 6 from junction of ND Highway 21 to Mandan


Dickinson District:

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

Major projects include:

  • ND Highway 8 from Richardton to south of Halliday

  • ND Highway 16 from Beach to 2 miles north of Beaver Creek

  • Bridge work at the east and west Medora Interchanges


Williston District:

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

Major projects include:

  • New Town NW Truck Reliever Route

  • ND Highway 1804 from County Road 5 to County Road 21

  • ND Highway 73 three miles west of the junction of ND Highway 22

  • US Highway 2 eastbound from Williston north 10 miles

  • ND Highway 23A  in Watford City


Minot District:

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

  • US Highway 2 at 42nd St SE in Minot

  • US Highway 52 from south of Donnybrook to Brooks Junction

  • ND Highway 3 from Hurdsfield to Harvey

  • US Highway 52 from Harvey to Fessenden

  • ND Highway 50 from north of Lostwood to the junction of US Highway 52


Devils Lake District:

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

  • US Highway 281 from west of Fort Totten to south of Minnewaukan

  • Downtown Devils Lake

  • ND Highway 30 from Maddock to junction of ND Highway 19

  • ND Highway 57 from the junction of US Highway 281 to Fort Totten






Valley City District:

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

  • I-94 eastbound from west of Crystal Springs to east of Cleveland

  • I-94 westbound near Exit 290 in Valley City

  • ND Highway 46 from Hastings to two miles west of Enderlin

  • Downtown Valley City


Fargo District:

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

Major projects include:

  • Exit 346 (Sheyenne St) interchange and Sheyenne Street from 32nd Ave to 19th Ave in West Fargo

  • I-29 southbound from north of Galchutt to Christine

  • 10th St from 4th Ave N to 12th Ave N in Fargo

  • US Highway 81 (University Dr) from south of I-94 to 18th Ave in Fargo

  • ND Highway 18 five miles north of Lidgerwood


Grand Forks District:

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

  • Pembina Border Crossing improvements on I-29 northbound

  • I-29 northbound from north of Grand Forks to Oslo

  • US Highway 2 eastbound from Lakota to Michigan

  • 42nd St from University Ave to Gateway Drive

  • US Highway 81 from north of St. Thomas to Hamilton

  • Washington St from Hammerling to 8th Ave in Grand Forks


*This is a list of NDDOT state highway projects bid for the 2018 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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