Transportation Connection


Transportation Connection is your opportunity to shape the future of North Dakota’s future transportation system and to help NDDOT understand what, how, when, and where transportation investments are needed.


Transportation Connection is the statewide plan for all of transportation across North Dakota and will look out 20 years into the future. This is your opportunity to help identify plausible future scenarios and to tell us what you think North Dakota will look like and what will be needed in 2045.


Transportation Connection is your opportunity to inform North Dakota’s shared future vision, values, goals, strategies, and performance measures for the statewide transportation system.


Transportation Connection is a plan for all of North Dakota and is your opportunity to help NDDOT identify priorities, implement actions, and measure our success moving forward. We know the future is uncertain and this plan will help NDDOT remain agile and responsive to evolving customer needs.


Five federally recognized tribes and one Indian community are located (at least partially) within our state. These include the Mandan, Hidatsa, & Arikara Nation (Three Affiliated Tribes), the Spirit Lake Nation, the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Indians, and the Sisseton-Wahpeton Oyate Nation. By engaging, listening and learning, and working together all citizens of North Dakota and the Five Tribal nations will help our state reach its full potential.

Transportation Connection offers safe venues where the tribal communities and governments can learn more about the transportation planning process and how tribal input can help shape the vision of the future. We invite partnership and consultation with each of the five federally recognized tribal governments located within the State and actively seek input from all Native American/Alaska Native individuals and business owners who use our public road network.

Our network of public roads and bridges is essential to daily life, but draws little attention regarding performance, needs or costs until a major interruption occurs. On any given day, a tribal community resident has a variety of needs that require safe and dependable transportation.

Highway safety is a primary concern and responsibility for the NDDOT. Nationwide, motor vehicle crashes are a leading cause of unintentional injury or death for American Indian/Alaska Native people which only reinforces the need for active engagement throughout the planning process.

We seek to provide an opportunity and venue for Tribes and American Indian/Alaska Native people to share your vision for the future of transportation in North Dakota. Please complete our Demographic Survey and Customer Expectation Survey so we know your voice has been heard.
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Five. Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa, Three Affiliated Tribes, Spirit Lake Nation and Sisseton Wahpeton Oyate.

Six different types of government entities own the public road system in North Dakota, including the State of North Dakota, counties, cities/municipalities, townships, Bureau of Indian Affairs, and federally recognized tribes.

Approximately 780 miles (includes SRST road miles in South Dakota).

Approximately 33,000 people, according to Census Bureau data.

5,250 miles of public road are located on tribal land in North Dakota that is owned and maintained by six different government entities, including the Tribes, Bureau of Indian Affairs, State of North Dakota, counties, municipalities, and townships.

  • Sisseton: 1,276
  • SRST: 1,750 (includes road miles located in South Dakota)
  • Turtle Mountain: 177
  • Three Affiliated Tribes: 1,511
  • Spirit Lake Nation: 536



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