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« on: May 20, 2020, 12:16:27 AM »

Just noticed that there is no general thread for either of the Dakotas. North Dakota has some nice roads, but I'm really surprised that they haven't boosted their speed limit to 80 yet.
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Re: North Dakota
« Reply #1 on: May 20, 2020, 07:14:11 PM »

They have done some widening on 2 and 85 ing the oil fields. Also the Ports to Plains in Mid South is relevant. It includes Western North Dakota.
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Re: North Dakota
« Reply #2 on: May 20, 2020, 11:14:00 PM »

If you search the Central State board with the term "Williston" or "Bismarck", you will find various threads going back to 2013 talking about the various upgrades they have been doing.
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Re: North Dakota
« Reply #3 on: May 25, 2020, 02:40:17 AM »

Just noticed that there is no general thread for either of the Dakotas. North Dakota has some nice roads, but I'm really surprised that they haven't boosted their speed limit to 80 yet.

The legislature voted on it last year, but it did not pass.  I wouldn't be surprised if it came up again next year. Considering South Dakota and Montana are at 80, there will be push to do it.  Plus, those states have had at 80 for a few years, how do the fatality and speeding numbers compare to when it was 75?  That would be part of the argument.
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Re: North Dakota
« Reply #4 on: May 25, 2020, 06:41:35 PM »

What are your 2 lane and 4 lane expressway speeds?
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Re: North Dakota
« Reply #5 on: May 25, 2020, 06:47:22 PM »

What are your 2 lane and 4 lane expressway speeds?
I think 65 for 2 lane and 70 for 4 lane, with 75 on interstates.
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Re: North Dakota
« Reply #6 on: August 01, 2020, 02:17:00 AM »

I remember reading that NDDOT said the cost were too high to reconstruct parts of the interstate/ramps/etc to handle 80 mph. Off the top of my head, I can't think anything that would require reconstruction to accommodate a higher speed. I mean, ND has a 3-stack flyover ramp in Fargo. They got rid of the I-190 one in Rapid City years ago.

SD did do a speed limit increase in a heartbeat, along with a gas tax increase (the same bill in the legislature). Funny how that works out.
 
80 is a tad to high for me, and I've noticed a lot of people in SD still doing 75.

I hate ND speed limits. Every single town, on a state/US highway, they will lower you from 65 to 45 to 25, and I don't want to go 25 through some of these towns. That's literally crawling.
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Re: North Dakota
« Reply #7 on: August 01, 2020, 10:38:31 AM »

I remember reading that NDDOT said the cost were too high to reconstruct parts of the interstate/ramps/etc to handle 80 mph. Off the top of my head, I can't think anything that would require reconstruction to accommodate a higher speed. I mean, ND has a 3-stack flyover ramp in Fargo. They got rid of the I-190 one in Rapid City years ago.

SD did do a speed limit increase in a heartbeat, along with a gas tax increase (the same bill in the legislature). Funny how that works out.
 
80 is a tad to high for me, and I've noticed a lot of people in SD still doing 75.

I hate ND speed limits. Every single town, on a state/US highway, they will lower you from 65 to 45 to 25, and I don't want to go 25 through some of these towns. That's literally crawling.
80 isn't that high. Tons of people go 80 in much more densely populated Massachusetts.
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Re: North Dakota
« Reply #8 on: August 01, 2020, 11:24:10 AM »

^ Or in most of the other Midwest states that are only posted at 70.  Even some of the work zones around Chicago posted at 45 have 80+ mph traffic (when traffic is actually moving).

I haven't driven in North Dakota, but Iowa seems similar with the speed limit stepping down from 55 to an intermediate level (35 seems common), then down to 25 for many towns.  It's one thing if the road squeezes through a business district with on-street parking, but some of the 25 mph sections seem to drag on.
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Re: North Dakota
« Reply #9 on: August 04, 2020, 01:49:01 AM »

Agreed, 80 isn't that high, it's just personal preference and habit, I guess.

I've driven in plenty of metros in the Midwest and the South, and always keep up with traffic. Not sure I've ever encountered all traffic going 80 in a dense metro area, maybe that's a regional thing? I was just in the Twin Cities and people were generally going 10 over the speed limit, which varied from 55 to 65.

And I cringe thinking about 80 through a 45 mph work zone area. That is how workers are killed.

South Dakota has some interesting signs that say 'Highway Workers, Give 'Em A Brake' with a construction worker image that are scattered about. in the winter season, they'll change to 'Snow Plows, Give 'Em A Brake' with an image of a snow plow. I'll have to try and get a pic of one of them sometime. They're pretty unique.
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