Ward County pushes for US 52 four-laning

“We think this should be a priority,” Ward County Commissioner Jim Rostad said at a meeting of the Elmer Jesme Conference of Counties Thursday. He said a Minot delegation is working to schedule a meeting with the governor to address four-laning the highway from Minot to Voltaire.

“The governor has the power to move this up,” Rostad said. “I don’t want to miss an opportunity that we may be able to move this thing up.”

The state has bid a project to construct passing lanes from Minot to Voltaire this year. It is part of a larger, phased project to “Super 2” the highway from Kenmare to Carrington, which started last year. Ward County Commissioner John Fjeldahl said this year’s project has been bid, but bids have not been awarded.

“We don’t want that to stop, but it would be nice to get the next phase,” said Fjeldahl, who noted an environmental study is needed before four-laning can occur.

“So at the very minimum, we should push for that to be done,” he said.

There was interest by area counties in receiving a draft letter of support for their commissions to consider signing.


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