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Planning for construction season

It will be a busy road construction season on state and U.S. highways in the region with less activity on city streets and county roads, according to transportation officials in the area.

"We're looking at a very active season," said Nathan Haaland, assistant district engineer for the Valley City district of the North Dakota Department of Transportation. "We have contractors that want to get rolling as soon as they can."

Two projects are planned for U.S. Highway 281 south of Jamestown. Crews are expected to mill down the pavement and overlay it with new pavement from the South Dakota border through Ellendale and from Edgeley north to the junction of N.D. Highway 46.

In addition, an emergency turn around will be added south of Highway 46. The ramp will provide a location for local ambulances traveling from the south to meet and transfer patients to Jamestown ambulances. It can also be used by law enforcement for weighing trucks and other functions.

Haaland said there are two projects planned for Interstate 94 in the Jamestown area this summer including a major reconstruction of the eastbound lane between Eckelson and the Oakes exit near Valley City. The project includes detouring eastbound traffic to the westbound lane.

"We'll have head-to-head traffic there all summer," Haaland said.

Another project on the interstate between Dawson and Crystal Springs will close one lane in each direction for about 6 miles for resurfacing, he said.

Crews will also make bridge repairs at a number of locations on Interstate 94 and the U.S. Highway 52 Bypass, Haaland said.

There are also 29 intersections around the Valley City DOT district that will have overhead lights installed in the ditches near the intersection, he said.

"It will be a wood pole in the ditch to indicate to people that they should pay attention," Haaland said. "It will look like a street light for travelers."

The Valley City district of the DOT includes all of Barnes and Griggs counties and parts of Stutsman, LaMoure, Logan, Dickey and McIntosh counties in south central North Dakota.

Stutsman County and the city of Jamestown are planning a quieter construction season this summer, according to Mickey Nenow, Stutsman County road superintendent, and Travis Dillman, Jamestown city engineer for Interstate Engineering.

Projects include 19 1/2 miles of chip sealing on a number of county roads and a major repair of a 5-mile section of road west of Buchanan.

"It will be a slower construction season since we're out of federal funding," Nenow said. "We'll allow that to build up, then we'll do some projects."

In Jamestown, most street work will be in the northern part of the city as part of the annual paving district there, Dillman said.

Other projects in Jamestown include repairs to water mains in various parts of town and the completion of paving in the new airport industrial park, Dillman said.