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Construction on Highway 22 north of Dickinson begins

Construction to expand Highway 22 north of Dickinson to a five-lane road began Tuesday, according to a North Dakota Department of Transportation press release.

The project started at the edge of city limits and will extend five miles to the Stark/Dunn county line, according to the release. It will also include adding traffic signals at 32nd, 33rd and 34th streets southwest.

Traffic has increased on the highway, DOT officials previously told The Press, which has brought on the expansion. A 2010 study revealed about 3,600 vehicles traveled on Highway 22 per day, and that number could jump to 5,100 by 2030, though officials said that is a conservative number. The project is estimated at $9 million.

Two-way traffic will be maintained on the two-lane highway during construction, which should be completed in the fall. Travelers should expect delays as traffic will be reduced to 45 mph. Speeds will also be reduced to 25 mph around the Green River bridge. Motorists are encouraged to slow down and allow extra distance between vehicles.