NEW TOWN North Dakota Highway 23 will be getting more improvements.
Peggy Anderson, Bismarck, a spokeswoman for the Transportation Department, said improvements will be done between the N.D. Highway 37 intersection to east of New Town. The Highways 37 and 23 intersection is just north of Parshall.
She said the improvements will involve widening the road, and adding passing and turning lanes. She said the work is an extension of work done previously to other sections of the road.
This is N.D. Highway 23 on the west side of New Town. More improvements to the highway are planned for east of the city, as well as the final work on a project farther west. The highway has extensive traffic, including many trucks.
She said the plans are to complete the improvements on N.D. Highway 23 from New Town to the junction of N.D. Highway 37 this year.
The project starts on the west at about mile point 50.8 which is in the area of the New Town Northeast Bypass being planned. Because of the bypass, the area west of the area of the New Town Bypass (mile point 50.8) into New Town, originally planned for 2012, now is proposed to be constructed in 2013, Anderson said.
The bypass, a plan originating with the New Town City Council, is being done as an alternate route around the city because of the growing traffic, including many trucks. East of New Town on N.D. Highway 23, truck traffic will take the bypass (northeast section) one-half mile east of College Drive (or one-half mile east of the Cenex General Store and Alco Store.) The bypass also has a northwest section.
Alan Estvold, of Ackerman-Estvold Engineering in Minot, said the plans for the bypass are to try to get the northeast section built this summer and even start the northwest section.
Another Highway 23 project will be done between the 4 Bears Casino & Lodge area west of New Town to west of the Fort Berthold Reservation boundary, Anderson said. Currently, there's a temporary layer of pavement and now the final layer will be done.