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NDDOT starts, finishes SW ND roads projects

The North Dakota Department of Transportation Dickinson District has a full plate when it comes to roads projects in the southwest corner of the state, said Kyle Niess, NDDOT spokesman at a press conference at the state building in Dickinson on Thursday.

Five projects have been completed this season, the Dickinson business loop mill and overlay, improvements to two bridges south of Belfield on Highway 85, a slurry seal on Highway 85 north of Amidon, the improvements to the bridge west of Medora and improvements to the ramp at the Painted Canyon in Interstate 94.

Still underway are improvements along Highway 22, both north and south of Killdeer and to Highway 85 north of Belfield to Fairfield, near Grassy Butte and south of Watford City to the Long X bridge. NDDOT is adding passing lanes and making the curves safer along the road. All of these projects are expected to be complete before the end of 2013.

NDDOT began paving the reliever route from Exit 59 on Tuesday. This project should be complete by fall 2014.

Exit 56, which will be approximately where 116th Avenue crosses under I-94, is tentatively set to begin next year, pending funding. The rest of the bypass route has yet to be planned.