NDDOT and partners officially kick-off construction season
May 22, 2019
The North Dakota Department of Transportation (NDDOT) is kicking off the 2019 construction season with the help from the Associated General Contractors of North Dakota and the North Dakota Highway Patrol. In addition, the cities of Grand Forks, ND and East Grand Forks, MN have turned the Sorlie Bridge orange for the week of May 20 for Work Zone Awareness.
This year’s busy construction season consists of approximately $370 million of projects throughout the state to enhance the state’s highway system. “Highway workers take many precautions to ensure the safety of workers on the construction site,” says Wayde Swenson, NDDOT Director of Operations. “We are asking motorists to make smart driving choices when going through these work zones to keep everyone, highway workers and motorists, safe.”
This year, the NDDOT is incorporating the use of some new technologies in work zones to enhance safety. The NDDOT has deployed the use of Intelligent Traffic Systems technology on the I-94 project near Mandan. This technology gives real-time traffic congestion information on digital signs as motorists enter the work zone. Another technology being used for the second year in a row in North Dakota is portable rumble strips in work zones. These rumble strips are installed at various work zones to alert the driver that they are approaching a flagger in a work zone and they emphasize the need to stop or slow down.
Road construction will be located on highways throughout the state. Major NDDOT reconstruction and rehabilitation work occurring this year include:
- I-94 rehabilitation from Mandan west to ND 25
- I-94 reconstruction west of Valley City
- I-94 reconstruction east of Hebron
- I-29 reconstruction between Fargo and Wahpeton
- US 2 reconstruction and rehabilitation through the city of Devils Lake
- US 83 Bypass construction near Minot
- Demers Ave reconstruction in Grand Forks
- Main Ave reconstruction in Fargo
- Sheyenne St reconstruction in West Fargo
- Completion of New Town Northwest Truck Reliever Route
Please see list below for more projects in specified areas
“I can’t stress enough the importance of obeying the posted speed limit in work zones, paying close attention to other construction zone signage and flag persons, and driving distraction free,” says Lt. Troy Hischer with the North Dakota Highway Patrol. “These simple acts can save lives of the traveling public while protecting workers within the construction zones.”
Slowing down and driving distraction free are some of the easiest things motorists can do behind the wheel during this busy travel season. Other tips for motorists are:
- Follow signage and be aware that traffic configurations often change in work zones.
- 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 and reach their destination, but will help to protect contractors who are working right alongside traffic.“ Contractors will be working all season long for maintenance and repair of North Dakota’s infrastructure,” says Russ Hanson, Executive Vice President with the Associated General Contractors of North Dakota. “Projects will be in both urban and rural areas often times in high traffic areas with contractors working to complete projects during North Dakota’s short construction season. Slow down and give the crews room to work.”
Motorists can stay updated on state construction projects in several ways:
- Travel Information Map at dot.nd.gov
- Call 511
- NDRoads app for smartphones
- GovDelivery text/email subscription service: http://www.dot.nd.gov/govdelivery/landing.htm
Below is a list of some of the NDDOT road construction projects taking place on state highways during the 2019 construction season. The projects are listed according to the NDDOT District in which they are located.
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