UPDATE: I-94 closed between Fargo and Jamestown; I-29 closed from Grand Forks to Watertown, S.D.The North Dakota Department of Transportation along with the North Dakota Highway Patrol have closed Interstate 94 from Jamestown to Fargo, and Interstate 29 from Fargo to Grand Forks due to heavy snow, blowing snow and areas of near zero visibility creating hazardous driving conditions.
By: Sun Staff, The Jamestown Sun
The North Dakota Department of Transportation along with the North Dakota Highway Patrol have closed Interstate 94 from Jamestown to Fargo, and Interstate 29 from Fargo to Grand Forks due to heavy snow, blowing snow and areas of near zero visibility creating hazardous driving conditions.
In addition, Minnesota officials have closed I-94 from Moorhead to Alexandria.
Motorists should not travel on closed roads as they may become blocked overnight
NDDOT has also expanded the Travel Alert to include the areas of Linton and Napoleon in south central North Dakota due to snow and blowing snow causing reduced visibility.
Motorists are reminded of the following warnings that are in effect:
· I-29 remains closed from Fargo to the North Dakota/South Dakota border, and ND Highway 13 from Wahpeton to I-29 due to heavy snow and blowing snow causing near zero visibility and dangerous driving conditions. In addition, I-29 in South Dakota is closed from ND/SD border south to Watertown.
· No Travel Advisory remains in effect for areas in the southeast region of North Dakota including Jamestown, Ellendale, Edgeley, Oakes, Litchville, Valley City, Fargo, Wahpeton and surrounding areas. Motorists should be advised that roads in these areas may become blocked over night.
· A Travel Alert remains in effect for Grand Forks, Drayton, Cavalier and surrounding areas.
For road information, call 511 from any type of phone or go to the website: www.dot.nd.gov.
NDDOT releases information to inform the public about travel conditions throughout the state. The three categories are as follows:
1. TRAVEL ALERT – Motorists can still travel but may encounter areas of challenging winter weather driving conditions on roadways. Motorists should allow extra time to reach their destination and be alert to conditions that may make travel difficult, change rapidly, or cause travel delays. A TRAVEL ALERT has the potential to change to a NO TRAVEL ADVISED if conditions deteriorate.
2. NO TRAVEL ADVISED – Motorists should not travel due to hazardous conditions which may make it unsafe to travel. Snowplows may be pulled from the roads during severe conditions. Motorists should take NO TRAVEL ADVISED seriously as those motorists who choose to travel at their own risk may become stranded and emergency responders may not be able to reach them safely. A NO TRAVEL ADVISED has the potential to change to a ROAD CLOSED OR BLOCKED if conditions deteriorate.
3. ROAD CLOSED OR BLOCKED – Motorists are not allowed to travel on a closed road due to life threatening conditions. The road may be impassible or blocked. Motorists who drive past a road closure device may be fined up to $250.
Road condition information on 511 and the travel map is updated daily from 5 a.m. until 9 p.m. CDT. The road report is based upon the information available to the NDDOT at the time of preparation and is provided solely as a public service. Conditions may vary from those reported.
Motorists who become stranded should stay with their vehicles and call 911 for emergency assistance, the NDDOT said.