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Dickinson Interim Bypass Opens

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About 25,000 vehicles drive through Dickinson every day.

"We saw some historic unprecedented traffic growth occur in our state during a two year period from 2010 to 2012," says NDDOT Director Grant Levi.

Levi says traffic increased by more than 53 percent in the seventeen oil producing counties.

But, the state Department of Transportation has recently completed a new interim bypass to alleviate some congestion in Dickinson, connecting I-94 to Route 22.

"If you can move off a significant portion of those, especially trucks that is obviously providing a tremendous amount of relief to the traffic in the city," says Governor jack Dalrymple (R-ND).

The 5 mile interim bypass costs 40 million dollars.

The permanent bypass project expected to begin next summer will cost an additional 60 million dollars.

And the state is also building a 29 million dollar interchange off of I-94.

But, even with the new bypass Dickinson Mayor Dennis Johnson says the traffic keeps pouring in.

"Even the past few weeks with the bypass functioning, traffic just continues to grow," says Johnson.

Governor Dalrymple expects more large projects for the region in years to come.

"There's no question that in the coming few years, we're going to have to continue to make some very, very large investments in Western North Dakota," says Dalrymple.

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