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Baker Hughes pays for stoplights at Dickinson development

Crews attach a traffic signal to a crane before raising it in north Dickinson along Highway 22 on Tuesday at sunset. The addition of three lanes and traffic lights along the busy Oil Patch road should improve traffic flow, officials said Tuesday.

When traveling on Highway 22 north of Dickinson, be prepared to stop in the coming weeks.

California-based Baker Hughes is paying more than $300,000 for traffic signals at the intersection leading into its facility, according to an agreement with the city of Dickinson.

"This is something we have planned since building our new Dickinson base, which includes a new bulk plant with double truck loading to improve delivery to location times and offers the latest technology for quicker and more consistent blends," Baker Hughes spokeswoman Pam Easton said.

The Dickinson City Commission approved the traffic signal agreement with Baker Hughes at its Nov. 19 meeting.

A developer paying for traffic signals is not rare, Dickinson City Administrator Shawn Kessel said. Roers will likely cover at least some of the cost of traffic signals at its development in west Dickinson.

"We're going to have some stoplights at the intersection (near Exit) 59 when that retail development is done and that area out there is developed and the developers in that area will probably pay for a portion of those stoplights as well," he said.

The lights provided by Baker Hughes will not be the only lights going up in north Dickinson.

The widening of North Dakota Highway 22 in north Dickinson is near completion as crews install traffic lights.

Once the lights are running, control of them will be turned over to the city, Olson said.

The project, which began May 29, cost $17 million, said North Dakota Department of Transportation spokeswoman Jamie Olson. The paving and addition of three lanes was complete at the end of October.

"It's to help control the flow of traffic, there's an increase of traffic in that area," she said. "It sounds like that (area) will continue to grow."

It is one of many major road construction projects NDDOT began in 2012 in the Oil Patch. Others include improvements to the intersection of U.S. Highway 2 and N.D. Highway 85, N.D. Highway 8, N.D. Highway 23 and developing a truck reliever route for Williston.

NDDOT invested about $635 million in road projects throughout western North Dakota between 2008 and the present, including $305 million in 2012, according to NDDOT documents.

"I think traffic flow and how it's managed is in large part managed by traffic signals and this is part of a bigger and broader project to look at stoplights along all of 22," Kessel said.

Katherine Grandstrand
I graduated from Bemidji State University in 2007 with a bachelor's degree in mass communcations, from Columbia College Chicago in 2009 with a master's degree in journalism.  
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