The North Dakota Department of Transportation (NDDOT) together with the city of New Town and other federal, state, tribal and local officials celebrated the completion of the Northwest Truck Reliever Route north of New Town today.
The truck route, a $30.3 million project, is the final portion of the truck reliever route around New Town. The truck reliever route diverts traffic from 1804 to ND 23 west of New Town. NDDOT previously completed the northeast side of the truck reliever route in 2014.
“New Town has been and continues to be greatly impacted by truck traffic as a result of oil production in northwest North Dakota,” said Bill Panos, NDDOT Director. “Nearly 8,000 vehicles travel this corridor every day, and taking the truck traffic out of downtown New Town will greatly enhance the safety and quality of life in this community.”
The project has been five years in the making. Extensive environmental work was conducted to find the best possible route and minimize as many cultural and environmental impacts as possible. “On behalf of the residents of New Town, we are excited to see the completion of this important piece of infrastructure,” said New Town Mayor Dan Uran. “This investment means enhanced safety for our residents and efficient movement of trucks, serving the area into the future.”
The 1.5 mile long truck reliever route is one of about four major projects completed in New Town in the last 5 years. NDDOT has worked with the city on completing major work including the northeast truck reliever route (2014), Main Street (2015), and ND Hwy. 1804 (2017). In total, approximately $87 million has been invested into improving roadways and safety in and around New Town.