More than $500 million dollars are being invested in Western North Dakota roads this year including bypasses in Williston, Alexander, Watford City and New Town.
Also this week, a 14 mile, $62 million dollar portion of Highway 85 was opened to four-lane traffic from Watford City to Alexander.
That includes an open four lane on the south side of Arnegard.
The 20-foot paved median is designed with with rumble strips to prevent cross over.
Continued caution is encouraged in the area as the NDDOT will be returning to the area to complete marking the east bound lanes.
In Watford City, two bypasses are under construction.
This is the southeast bypass along Highway 23 where paving on a six-mile-long four-lane is near completion.
The southwest bypass will connect to the Highway 85 project --- that near-eight mile project will also be complete this fall.
According to the NDDOT website, nearly 3,900 trucks travel through Watford City each day.
The 3.2 mile New Town Truck Reliever Route will re-route traffic to the northeast of New Town.
The intersection at 1804 and Highway 23 was reduced to one-lane of traffic late last week for pavement on 1804.
The $25 million dollar collaborative project is also expected to be complete this year.
In Williston, the 13-mile Truck Reliever Route will be completed next year.
Paving work has started at the intersection of US 2 and US 85.
Traffic is still moving through the area, however, it has been reduced to one lane in each direction for all four traffic directions.
Work north of the intersection will continue until November as crews continue to build two of the four lanes of the truck reliever route.
DOT Director Grant Levi says construction is moving quickly, but alert drivers are imperative to project success.
(Grant Levi, Director ND Department of Transportation) "We have a lot going on and we have a lot of work remaining. As we do that additional work, we're asking for the public to please continue to be patient as you travel through those work zones. As you travel through those work zones, if you slow down just ten miles an hour in a ten mile work zone, it only takes you 75 seconds longer. So please continue to slow down and be patient. As you work with us to enhance the transportation system in Western North Dakota."
The second phase of Highway 85 construction has begun on the section between Alexander and Williston.
The necessary environmental clearance has been received for the replacement of the existing Lewis and Clark bridge over the Missouri River near Williston.
That part of the project will continue into the 2015 construction season.