Dangerous roads cause issues in Missouri Ridge Township near Williston

Photo courtesy of Tom Badger

WILLISTON, N.D. - Weather in the Williston area is making the roads extra slick, and perhaps no one knows this better than people who drive rural roads every day.

In the Missouri Ridge Township northwest of Williston, residents of a housing subdivision say the roads are dangerous, and not just because of the winter weather. They say year-round oilfield traffic and the volume of cars traveling to the subdivision have the road in dire condition.

Tuesday at about 4 p.m., the Williams County Sheriff's Office says a semi-truck was traveling south on 139th Ave NW when the driver tried to turn east and slid into the ditch on 56th St NW. Residents of Prairie View Estates captured photos as tow trucks arrived to pull it out. Tom Badger, a resident of the subdivision, says the road is very hazardous, and just recently several people have said their vehicles slide into the ditch. Badger says he's personally seen three semis in the ditch. He says it's a big concern for everyone out there.

"We're afraid that if something does happen to someone out here, if EMTs aren't going to be able to make it out here, or if someone's house catches on fire, if the fire department is going to be able to make it out here. It's just, overall, a really bad situation, because no one wants to take credit for the road," said resident Tom Badger.

Kelly Booke, a Missouri Ridge Township supervisor, says the township is doing the best they can with the resources they have, but he says they can barely keep up the gravel roads with the allocation they get. Booke says the township estimates paving that portion of road would cost about a million dollars, funds he says will have to come from the developer, the county and the state. We reached out to the developer of the subdivision, General Manager Lee Barron responded in a statement saying:

"The developer spent a few tens of thousands of dollars this summer to treat the township road with a stabilizer. We are continuing to seek a more permanent solution hopefully with the help of the township."

Badger says he's going on four years living in the division, and while no one takes responsibility, the residents are left in the middle of a very bad deal.