When the weather warms up…construction gears up.
And Bismarck is in need of an update on I-94.
Some say that there are only two seasons in North Dakota, winter and construction. And construction along Interstate 94 will start very soon, starting at the Grant Marsh Bridge and end up by exit 161 along the Bismarck Expressway.
Amanda Godfread, for Ordley, says, “Road construction is going to be happening along I-94 starting later this month or early May. And it is going to be about 5.6 miles through the city of Bismarck.”
Construction will be in both the west and eastbound lanes. The road will always be open, but just reduced to one lane.
“There will be a 12 foot width restriction in those lane reductions, so for any farm equipment, any construction equipment hauling that kind of thing that, exceeds that 12 foot limit those individuals are going to have to find another route,” adds Godfread.
And the 60 mph speed limit now will be reduced.
Godfread says, “The speed will be 45 mph through the whole project and then a different points and different stages of project portions, that may be reduced even further, depending on work.”
Once construction gets going, there are just a few things that needs maintenance.
“They’re going to do some concrete work and also asphalt overlay, on the entire 5.6 miles. And then over the Grant Marsh Bridge, the 4th Street bridge and the Washington bridge, they are going to do some deck work, in addition, the concrete barriers on the sides of the bridge are going to be repaired.”
In addition, to highway construction, lights along urban areas will be updated in a separate project.
Jamie Olson, Public Information Officer says, “It’ll change over to an LED lighting system so it’s just an updating of those bulbs and in some cases the actual poles will be replaced.”
The department of transportation is urging people to plan ahead and do travel adjustments because commute times will be impacted.
The project will cost 11.4 million dollars, mostly federal money.