Greetings from your District 36 senator.

The Legislative Transportation Committee met last month in Bismarck. We received an update from Francis Ziegler, North Dakota Department of Transportation director.

Federal funding -- The Federal House and Senate passed a two-year $105 billion surface transportation reauthorization bill. North Dakota will receive $240 million for 2012 and 2013. In 2014 the state will receive $242.5 million. Over the past five years the state received an average of $225 million.

Construction projects -- $550 million projected for 2012 construction season plus carryover of $81 million from last season and $228 million is projected for oil impacted areas. Following are some in progress:

Highway 2 - Road repair and reconstruction north of Williston to Junction of Highway 85.

Highway 85 - Extending passing lanes between Watford City and Williston to prepare for four-lane undivided highway. (Average daily traffic is around 10,000 vehicles).

Highway 23 - Widening road and adding passing and turning lanes east of New Town to Highway 37.

Highway 22 - Expanding to five lanes from Dickinson north to Dunn County line. Also adding turn lanes and passing lanes 12 miles north of Killdeer to Lost Bridge and widening and adding passing lanes and turn lanes from 73 to 23.

Killdeer roundabout at junction of Highway 22 and Highway 200.

Williston Northwest temporary truck bypass is completed and plans are for another temporary bypass east of Williston. The DOT is also doing environmental evaluations for other truck reliever routes for the cities of Dickinson, Watford City, New Town, Killdeer and Alexander.

Work is also being done on the $142 million funded for oil-impacted counties and towns.

Dunn County was allocated $11 million and completed $7.9 million. Stark County was allocated $10 million and had completed $8.8 million. Both counties received funding for paved and unpaved projects.

We also received an update from Linda Butts, deputy director for Driver and Vehicle Services, on the temporary vehicle registrations. From June 1, 2011 to July 31, 2012, they have sold 8,814 temporary registrations for a total of $27 million. These stickers are placed on the driver's side rear door window. The trend now is to purchase titles due to cheaper costs than temporary stickers if they work here for over a year.

As you can see, road construction is in full swing around our area.

Please drive carefully and respect the flag people as they have a tough job with some of the impatient drivers. Give them a thumbs up!

Thank you for the opportunity to serve you.

Nodland is the District 36 senator from Dickinson. Email him at