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Traffic Problems In Mandan

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Those who live in Mandan might be noticing their drive home from work takes longer these days.

One intersection seeing more cars is Sunset Drive and Interstate 94.

Tonight we take a look at what some of the plans are to relieve the traffic.

The five o'clock hour can be a nightmare for drivers getting off I-94 onto Sunset Drive.

"This area is kind of seeing an influx in the near term here in a lot of development interests and it's anticipated in the future out to the year 2040 that this area will see a lot more jobs and households in the region," Ben Ehreth said.

A study is being put together to look at some of the transportation issues north Mandan will experience in the next two decades --- and some solutions to ease the congestion.

"And those might be adding an additional lane to a two lane road or adding a continuous turn lane to a two lane road," Bill Troe said.

One way to temporarily fix the problem at Sunset Drive and I-94 is to replace this lone stop sign, with traffic lights.

"Right now with the stop signs on the ramps and the amount of traffic you have on Sunset Drive those two things aren't compatible and we're starting to see a pretty good delay, pretty good stacking of vehicles on the ramps," Troe said.

Planners are also brainstorming with the idea of adding additional interchanges along I-94.

"To help support the access and the accessibility in the area and reduce some of the congestion we're seeing today," Troe said.

Congestion that won't let up, as Mandan continues to grow north.

The study started last October and is expected to be finished in August.

 

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