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DOT begins $107M, 4-year road repair projects in southwest ND

Better roads may soon be in southwest North Dakota residents' and visitors' futures, but they come at a price -- longer waits and extended travel time.

The North Dakota Department of Transportation has $107 million in road repair projects over the next four years in southwest North Dakota.

The projects are funded mainly with federal and state dollars, said Jamie Olson of the DOT Bismarck office, adding some projects require a local match.

Major rehab on Interstate 94 between Richardton and Dickinson and on Highway 12 from the Slope County line to Rhame are the largest projects in the area, but overall there are 62 rural, six urban and two county road projects along with four miscellaneous related projects are on the

calendar for the Dickinson


"Work varies from regular maintenance to seal coats to full construction," NDDOT Dickinson District Engineer Larry Gangl said.

He added the district has $52 million in work planned for this summer.

Gangl said when planning road construction projects the DOT begins looking at need, traffic and existing road condition between three and five years before construction begins.

Gangl said the Interstate project will take two years and cost about $40 million.

"The Interstate work has been in our plans for several years. It is the last piece of the Interstate in our district to be worked on," Gangl said, adding they are laying concrete


The section being worked on this year is from east of Richardton to Taylor. Next summer work will continue from Taylor to Dickinson.

The reconstruction project near Rhame, which is also being worked on this summer, consists of creating a new base and resurfacing. It is estimated to cost more than $9 million.

Two other big projects in the district are on Highway 22.

Gangl said an increase in traffic and population due to oil activity in the area and regular wear and tear on the road has really taken a toll on the highway and the DOT saw fit that the road be widened, graded and surfaced.

This project is scheduled to be done in two years.

This summer work is being done from Killdeer to about 13 miles north of Killdeer.

Next year workers will begin where they left off and continue until they reach Highway 23.

Work on Interstate 94 continues this week on the eastbound lanes.

A seal coat will begin Thursday. Work is expected to be complete next week.

During construction:

- Traffic will be reduced to one lane in the eastbound lane.

- Speeds will be reduced to 40 mph.

- Loose rock chips may be encountered on the shoulder of the road.

- Motorists should be aware of trucks entering and exiting the work zone.