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Washington Street has the Worst Traffic in Bismarck

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A recent survey shows Washington street as being the worst place to be during rush hour.
It's popularity is because its the only street that stretches through town from north to south.
Ben Smith reports.

"Well recently, I would say traffic, more traffic, number one probably traffic."
With the growing population comes change.  People say the biggest change they have noticed is more cars on the road.
"Oh yea there's lots of cars around here, it's changed completely, I've notice the difference on Washington probably the most. Honestly I try to stay clear of Washington. Because there is so much traffic."
A survey by the Bismarck/Mandan planning commission showed Washington St as having the worst traffic during rush hour.
"Why its so congested is it's one of those few corridors in Bismarck that is a continuous north/south running corridor so it naturally is going to attract people to that corridor. " says Ben Ehreth, Transportation Planner
The obvious solution would be to expand but Ehreth says adding more lanes to Washington may not be an option.
"Washington St is not going to be an easy fix just because we do have viable neighborhoods along the stretch of Washington street and that needs to be respected as well."
Bismarck's rapid growth is expected to last.  So what can be done to lessen traffic on these busy streets?
As an alternative that we would look at to help relieve pressure off of Washington is making improvements to parallel north/south roads or possibly even creating new north/south roads to just create more options for folks."
But with Bismarck growing so rapidly, Ehreth says Federal funding might not be able to keep up.  For now, people driving to work on Washington will just have to give themselves a little extra time"

Ben Smith, KXnews

The regional travel survey shows the next biggest thing people are concerned with is safety while driving.

 

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