The North Dakota Department of Transportation is readying a mill and asphalt overlay project for Highway 22 in 2019.

The project will focus on the highway south of Dickinson, from Eighth Street South to Heart River Bridge.

A public forum will be held by NDDOT on Sept. 27 at Dickinson City Hall to explain the project, and receive input from the community.

"Right now it's just in the planning and environmental stage," Jason Fischer, Dickinson NDDOT Assistant District Engineer, explained.

The project is needed along the section of road, Fischer said.

"The improvements for the surfacing, the asphalt overlay, is to preserve the road that's there and make it a smoother ride for the public."

Along with the mill and overlay project, NDDOT is considering further improvements to that stretch of Highway 22.

"We're looking at proposing a few other possible improvements through there," Fischer said, "at the intersection of Sixth Street, and also looking at how the striping is configured down there."

The public input forum will allow the community to better understand the project, and bring questions to the NDDOT.

"At that time, we'll have a better idea of what the scope of the project will be," Fischer said. "We'll have some flyers and stuff there to help explain to the public what we're doing. They'll also have an opportunity to voice any concerns and ask any questions of us."

NDDOT has done similar projects in Dickinson.

"We do mill and overlay projects all the time," Fischer said.

In July 2017, resurfacing work took place on Highway 22 from Heart River Bridge to 15th Street West.

With that project, Highway 22 was reduced to one lane of traffic in each direction, and roads and intersections were briefly closed.

Fischer anticipates the proposed 2019 overlay project would also affect traffic.

"With any construction project there will be a little bit of disruption," he said.

The public input forum on the proposed NDDOT Highway 22 mill and asphalt overlay project will be held at Dickinson City Hall, 99 Second St. E., on Sept. 27 from 5 to 7 p.m.