$190 million dollars.
That's how much the state has invested in safe travel in two western North Dakota towns --- dedicated today in the groundbreaking for two truck bypass routes.
The Alexander bypass will re-route Highway 85 to the west of Alexander enhancing safety in the community.
The three-and-a-half mile four-lane project will cost about $28 million.
In Williston, the temporary bypass will be completed and continue the permanent loop around the west side of the town.
The Williston Truck Reliever Route will be a four-lane, 13-mile roadway with a $162 million dollar price tag.
(Gov. Jack Dalrymple, (R) North Dakota) "Our state legislature has stepped up and said, we're doing it. That's what it takes and that's what we're doing in North Dakota today."
(Ward Koeser, Mayor of Williston) "We appreciate the money that the state has sent back to this region for roads. We sometimes complain about not having enough money for other projects, but when it comes to roads and transportation issues, they've done a marvelous job."
The Alexander bypass will be completed this fall and the Williston bypass complete in 2015.