Construction has reached a halfway point at a busy Williston intersection.
Work is underway on a $12 million project to make US Highway 2 an overpass over 18th Street on the west edge of Williston.
Jennifer Kleen shows us the progress so far, before the bridge portion is set in place this fall.
More than 29,000 vehicles pass this construction site every day.
That was a big part of the reason behind the $12 million dollar decision to build the 18th Street underpass.
(Dana Johnson, NDDOT Williston Public Information Coordinator) "18th Street will become an underpass and US Highway 2 will become an overpass."
The project will facilitate traffic flow in the area and meet forecasted traffic demands.
In the meantime, detours and delays move as smoothly as possible.
(Dana Johnson, NDDOT Williston Public Information Coordinator) "Traffic continues to flow through this area. Local traffic is detoured around this area, because 18th Street is closed, but US 2 is down to two lanes instead of four."
The highway will not be orange for long.
(Dana Johnson, Communications Specialist, Absolute Marketing Group) "Everything is on track and it's scheduled to be completed this fall."
As the traffic portion of the project opens up this fall, improvements will continue at this intersection next year.
Johnson says not only will the intersection improve traffic flows, but it will provide a functional crossing for pedestrians, adding sidewalks, landscaping and lighting in 2015.
(Dana Johnson, NDDOT Williston Public Information Coordinator) "Before they had to cross it, now they just pass underneath it."
The 18th Street underpass is just one part of a $500 million dollar investment in Western North Dakota roads.
(Dana Johnson, NDDOT Williston Public Information Coordinator) "The DOT has been aggressive with all these projects and really has moved up the time frame for a lot of them because the infrastructure is needed on this side of the state."
She says meeting infrastructure needs is a collaborative effort from the city, county and state.
All an effort to separate regional traffic from local traffic at a high volume halfway point.
In Williston, Jennifer Kleen, KX News.
Construction also continues on the 13 mile Williston Truck Reliever Route and the four lane project on Highway 85.