Published March 13 2011
Ask your government: Who’s responsible for Highway 22 construction?
Highway 22 runs right through the middle of Dickinson. The highway always gets resurfaced from 12th Street to the northern edge and has been resurfaced on the southern edge for a few miles.
But who is responsible for the highway through the rest of town? The state, county, city or all of them at a certain percentage of the cost. All that ever happens is the potholes get
fixed eventually each spring/summer. With houses and yards so close to the highway, how does it get widened or can’t it?
Thanks for writing! Here’s what Dickinson City Engineer Shawn Soehren said:
“The construction projects on Highway 22 are done by the North Dakota Department of Transportation, and the maintenance is the city’s responsibility. The segment that is mentioned in the middle of town is scheduled for a construction project next year.
“To answer the question regarding how the street gets widened, the project would need to include the purchase of right-of-way and possibly the houses along the highway in order to have adequate room to widen the road.”
I also asked the Department of Transportation to address the question. Here’s what spokeswoman Jamie Olson found out:
“The North Dakota Department of Transportation is responsible for the construction of N.D. Highway 22 through the city of Dickinson. In the past few years, the highway has received the following improvements:
“In 2006, a re-surfacing project was completed on Highway 22 from 15th Street to 22nd Street. In 2006, reconstruction was completed from 22nd Street to the city limits.
“In 2009, maintenance projects were completed from 8th Street to the Heart River and from 14th Street to the city limits
“In 2012, an overlay maintenance project is scheduled on Highway 22 from the Heart River Bridge to 14th Street.
“At this time, there are no plans to widen Highway 22 in the city of Dickinson, but NDDOT along with the city of Dickinson are working together to determine future transportation needs within the city of Dickinson.
“Before a major project or reconstruction of a highway takes place, many phases are conducted, such as working with city and county officials, researching traffic needs and conducting public meetings on proposed projects.
“Thank you for writing into the NDDOT.”
I travel often across the entire diagonal width of North Dakota from Grenora to Fargo, and I would like to know if the Highway Patrol actually enforces mud flap regulations on pickups.
The windshields on both my vehicles (are) horribly cracked from flying rocks (while) driving on North Dakota roads, and I see many vehicles that should have mud flaps don’t. Does the local and state law enforcement even care?
Thanks for reading and writing from Montana! I contacted Lt. Jody Skogen with the North Dakota Highway Patrol. Here’s what he said:
“There are no federal or state laws that require mud flaps in North Dakota. Certain states do require them for specific vehicles.”
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