This may be the most-needed bypass that was ever built.
That's how Governor Jack Dalrymple described the truck route around New Town.
The official groundbreaking for the project was held this morning on the north side of the town.
The bypass will take an estimated 35-hundred trucks off New Town's main street every day.
(Dan Uran, New Town Mayor) "It's going to be a huge improvement, it's going to help the economic development but most of all it's going to improve the safety of our residents."
(Sen. Rich Wardner, (R) District 37) "This is big for this community and Mr. Mayor, as soon as it's completed, you will be able to get back to reconstructing this community and getting it back to the way you want it."
Part of that reconstruction is the rebuilding of New Town's Main Street.
That project is scheduled for next year, after the bypass is finished.
Meanwhile, plans are going ahead on another piece of the New Town bypass - a connection from Highway 1804 north of town, heading to Highway 23 west of town.
The New Town bypass is one of several bypass projects going on in North Dakota.
(Gov. Jack Dalrymple, (R) North Dakota) "Around Williston, Watford City, Alexander, Dickinson. A grand total of $409 million and I know after a while it just gets to be a bunch of numbers, so I'll just tell you that's a whale of a lot of money to invest just in bypasses."
A second bypass groundbreaking was held today as well - in Watford City - where a second part of a bypass is getting started.