October 23, 2019

County asks DOT to conduct traffic surveys on roads

By Neal A. Shipman
Farmer Editor

Citing increased traffic volume, as well as an increased number of accidents on several state highways in McKenzie County, the McKenzie County commissioners are asking the North Dakota Dept. of Transportation (DOT) to conduct traffic surveys on five roadways.
That written request to Joel Wilt, Williston District engineer, which was approved by the commissioners on Tuesday, Oct. 15, outlined concerns raised by Matt Johansen, McKenzie County sheriff.
In the letter, the commissioners noted that there have been a number of near-miss accidents, as well as the recent history of severe accidents as motorists travel from 125th Ave. NW to 12th Street SE due to trucks driving at very high speeds on the Highway 23 Bypass. 
“People going in and out of this intersection are at a significantly higher safety risk due to the drivers on the Highway 23 Bypass driving at higher rates of speed,” wrote the commissioners in their request.
In addition, the county is requesting that the DOT study the intersection of the Highway 23 Bypass and Highway 85 South as a result of several accidents that have occurred there.

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