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Author Topic: NW North Dakota bypasses (Watford City, Alexander, New Town)  (Read 2209 times)

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NW North Dakota bypasses (Watford City, Alexander, New Town)
« on: November 19, 2014, 12:53:23 PM »

Watford City:
The Watford City bypass opened at the end of October. US 85 is rerouted onto the southwest bypass, with the old route becoming US 85 Business.
I presume that ND 23 is rerouted onto the southeast bypass. My question is, what becomes of the existing ND23 into downtown Watford City, and ND 23 Truck?

Alexander:
US85 is rerouted onto a western bypass of Alexander. A business route via the old alignment has been approved by AASHTO.
If the Goog is to be believed (and here I don't see why not) ND 200 has been rerouted onto the bypass too. So, is US 85 Bus US 85 Bus only, or is it also a ND 200A, ND 200 Alt, ND 200Bus, or something?

New Town:
As of November 17, 2014, the New Town Truck Reliever Route is now open.
Is the Truck Reliever Route ND 1804 Truck? ND 1804 proper? ND 1804 Alt / ND 1804A? Something else? Nothing?
Is the old/existing route of ND 1804 thru town still ND 1804 proper? ND 1804 Bus, Alt, A, other, nothing?

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I'm not aware of any precedent for ND state highway business routes. Though there is one ND23 Truck (as signed in the field. OSM and even NDDOT maps show it as ND 23A) and a couple ND 200A / 200 Alts.
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Re: NW North Dakota bypasses (Watford City, Alexander, New Town)
« Reply #1 on: December 23, 2014, 02:31:01 PM »

Interesting to note then US-85 Watford City bypass is a 4-lanes divided highway. Is there some long-term plans to upgrade some parts of US-85 as a 4-lanes divided highway between US-2 and I-90 since Google maps refers it as Theodore Roosevelt expressway?
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Re: NW North Dakota bypasses (Watford City, Alexander, New Town)
« Reply #2 on: December 24, 2014, 09:43:32 AM »

Interesting to note then US-85 Watford City bypass is a 4-lanes divided highway. Is there some long-term plans to upgrade some parts of US-85 as a 4-lanes divided highway between US-2 and I-90 since Google maps refers it as Theodore Roosevelt expressway?

If oil prices go back up to where it's actually profitable to produce in the Bakken, perhaps. If they stay this low, that's not in the cards anytime soon. I do a lot of planning/infrastructure related work on the Montana side of the line and things are getting to the point where the region is starting to prepare for bust, or at least a year or two of nothing. That being said, if it's going to be a year or two of nothing with folks out of work, it might be a good time to play catch-up to get things built at some semblance of a discount to the taxpayer relative to the current insane labor prices in the region (right now, for instance, it's nearly impossible to find somebody to work on county road crews- even they've upped their pay in cases to $20+/hr, but why would anybody do that when they can work for the oil fields and make twice that...but the tax dollars don't flow back the other way to support paying county road crews $20/hr even though the roads are being eaten alive by heavy machinery).
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Re: NW North Dakota bypasses (Watford City, Alexander, New Town)
« Reply #3 on: December 24, 2014, 12:25:04 PM »

Still, looking at aerial imagery plus this NDDOT project page shows that they're in the process of widening US 85 from US 2/Williston south to Watford City, including the aforementioned Watford City and Alexander bypasses.
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