UPDATE: Jackknifed semi that blocked N.D. Highway 46 has been removedA jackknifed semi that had blocked North Dakota Highway 46 about 4 miles east of the junction with U.S. Highway 281 has been removed, according the North Dakota Department of Transportation.
By: Sun Staff, The Jamestown Sun
A jackknifed semi that had blocked North Dakota Highway 46 about 4 miles east of the junction with U.S. Highway 281 has been removed, according the North Dakota Department of Transportation.
The blockage was about 22 miles southeast of Jamestown. The road is now open to traffic.
Also, a no travel advisory is still in effect for much of southeast North Dakota including the cities of Jamestown, Valley City, Langdon, Grand Forks, Michigan, Drayton, Cavalier, Pembina, Fargo, Casselton, Mayville, Hillsboro and surrounding areas due to blowing snow causing near zero visibility. Plows have been pulled in Grand Forks area and will resume operations when it is safe to do so. Conditions are such that motorists should not travel due to hazardous conditions which may make it unsafe to travel.
Interstate 29 is closed from Grand Forks to the Canadian Border due to blowing snow and drifting at interchanges, creating zero visibility and hazardous driving conditions.
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 alerts are issued to alert motorists that areas of challenging winter driving conditions may be encountered on roadways. Conditions are such that motorists can still travel; however, they should be aware that rapidly changing conditions may result in travel delays due to reduced speeds and visibility.
2. No-travel advisories are issued when conditions warrant no travel but not a road closure. No Travel Advisories have the potential to change to a Road Closure if conditions deteriorate. No-travel advisories are issued for public safety to encourage motorists not to venture out onto the roads. Motorists should take no-travel advisories seriously. Conditions change often during a storm event and motorists may become stranded if they are caught between destinations.
3. Roads are closed when conditions create a life-threatening danger to motorists. The roadway is impassable and it is against the law to drive past a road closure device on a closed road. Motorists should obey road closures, even when a sign or a gate is not present.
Road condition information on 511 and the travel map is updated daily from 5 a.m. until 9 p.m. CST. 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.
· A Travel Alert is in effect for Wahpeton, Edgeley and surrounding areas due to high winds causing reduced visibility and areas of scattered ice. Conditions are such that motorists can still travel in these areas, but should be advised that conditions could change rapidly. Motorists are encouraged to reduce speeds and drive according to the conditions.