Roadwork season just around rain cloud

The largest infrastructure construction program in North Dakota history will get under way as soon as weather permits.

The North Dakota Department of Transportation has an estimated $878 million in improvements projects scheduled across the state. Considerable construction is planned all along four-laned U.S. Highway 2 from west of Williston through Minot to Granville this summer, according to the department.

Here’s the highlights for the Minot area:

– Paving in sections from 16th Street Southwest to 55th Street Southeast will reduce Highway 2 to single lanes going each way. Eastbound and westbound lanes are scheduled for paving at separate times.

– Going east from 55th Street on Highway 2, there will be paving in the eastbound lanes to Granville, including some guardrail work on the bridge at Surrey. Construction has started and will continue into July. The project consists of pavement overlay, rumble strips and new pavement marking. During construction, speeds will be reduced in the work zone. An 11-foot width restriction will be in place and flaggers will be present.

– The U.S. Highway 83 Bypass will be getting paving and turn lanes, beginning in early June.

– Reconstruction of 13th Street Southeast from Highway 2 south to 37th Avenue will require traffic to detour in areas. The reconstruction will create two traffic lanes with a third turn lane in the middle.

– Anti-erosion work is planned along the frontage road and shoulder of Highway 2 on Minot’s west side, in front of businesses that include Dakota Inn and Homesteaders Restaurant.

– Contractors resumed work in mid-May on the 55th Street Northeast Bridge project. Due to finishing work on the bridge and adjoining roads, 55th Street will be closed to through traffic until July. Traffic is encouraged to detour on 27th Street.

In addition to the state projects, Ward County plans chipping, sealing and striping on more than 90 miles of county paved roads.

The county also has scheduled a $4.5 million reconstruction of Ward County Road 8 from about two miles east of Ruthville, at Ward County Road 19, to Ward County Road 23 near Deering, a stretch of about nine miles.

The county will be alerting the public to detours once projects are ready to begin.

Around the region, about $500 million in improvements will be made in oil country west of Minot. Portions of Highway 2 between Stanley and Williston will be under construction throughout the summer. Generally, one lane for each eastbound and westbound traffic will be maintained.

State Highway 1804 from Williston to the Ross road is scheduled for milling and asphalt, but work will be performed between the hours of 6:30 p.m. and 6 a.m.

N.D. Highway 23 from Parshall to U.S. Highway 83 will be the site of additional construction through Oct. 25. The latest work will begin at the Ward County line near Makoti and continue west near Parshall. The project includes paving, widening and adding passing and climbing lanes. Weight restrictions will be in place, and pilot cars and flaggers will be directing traffic.

The state will be paving U.S. Highway 52 for about 40 miles from Bergen to Harvey. A pilot car and flaggers will be directing traffic during construction that is expected to take three to four weeks.

Other work is scheduled on Highway 2 near Rugby, Devils Lake and Grand Forks; I-29 near Grafton, Grand Forks, Fargo and Hankinson; North Dakota Highway 22 north to Killdeer; North Dakota Highway 8 south to Bowbells; U.S. Highway 85 near Belfield; Highway 85 four-laning between Watford City and Williston; and Highway 52 near Pingree.

Information on current construction projects affecting traffic can be found on the travel information map at www.dot.nd.gov or by calling 511.

Transportation officials encourage motorists to take road construction into account when planning trips and to use caution when driving through construction zones.