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Truck Reliever Route Coming To New Town

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The oil industry has impacted the state economically in a variety of ways. For top oil producing counties like Dunn, Mackenzie, Williams and Mountrail, the oil boom has created more traffic and congestion in those areas.

After years of planning, the Department of Transportation is moving forward with its plan to relieve truck traffic in New Town.

Semi trucks drive up and down Highway 23 all day long. With the increased economic growth and activity in Western North Dakota, New Town has seen the affects first hand.

"We have seen some tremendous traffic increases and I know those of you who live in the New Town area have seen an explosion of travel through Main Street,” says Grant Levi the director of the North Dakota Department of Transportation.

To help alleviate traffic backups and congestion in the community, the North Dakota Department of Transportation is working on a $25 million truck reliever route to enhance traffic flow through the area.

"I think all of us know that this may be the most needed bypass there was ever built," says Gov. Jack Dalrymple.

The 3.2 mile project will start on the east end of New Town and connect up to ND 1804, providing an alternative route for drivers.

“It is going to be able to handle 3,500 trucks daily that pass through New Town,” says Dalrymple. “ I don't have to tell anybody what a difference that will make in downtown New Town to have that number of trucks going in another direction."

"This will be a great relief to the city and MHA nation as this continues to expand with the oil and gas," says Three Affiliated Tribes Chairman Tex Hall.

The New Town project is one of several bypasses under construction in western North Dakota. The state is spending a total of $409 million to build bypasses in Williston, Watford City, Alexander and Dickinson to help with oil traffic.

"We left last legislative session with a historic investment in transportation. Two-point-three billion dollars is being invested in roadways and infrastructure," says Levi.

Traffic is moving fairly well right now, but during the construction of the new bypass, drivers should expect delays. So, they are encouraged to allow more time to get to their destination.

While this is only the first step in the project, the DOT has plans to fix the intersection of ND 23 and 1804 in the next phase.

Work on the Main Street project in downtown New Town is expected to start in 2015.

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