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Interstate 94 near Dickinson gets easier to navigate

Road construction projects and slowdowns are quite common in southwest North Dakota these days but motorists traveling on Interstate 94 just east of Dickinson will be enjoying some relief soon.

Work is nearly complete on an $18 million repaving of westbound I-94 on an 11-mile stretch of road beginning a few miles after the Richardton exit and ending at Dickinson, said North Dakota DOT spokesperson Jamie Olson.

"The project started in April and it should be completely finished early this month," Olson said. "Traffic, which had been routed to the eastbound lanes for reconstruction, was switched back as of Tuesday."

With the westbound lane now open, traffic was no longer two-lanes head-to-head as of Wednesday and work crews were observed picking up equipment at various points between Dickinson and exit 72 to Gladstone.

The speed limit for the 11-mile stretch was listed at 65 mph as of Wednesday, an increase of 5 mph from what it had been the past few months.

During the six months of construction, there was one accident in the area, which did not result in any serious injuries, Olson said.