Highway truck traffic relief in sight: Highway 22 south of Manning prepares for widening

The North Dakota Department of Transportation answered the countless concerns this month over heavy traffic problems on Highway 22 in Dunn County.

Construction was seen and heard earlier this month on Highway 22 in Dunn County as work began on plans to widen the roadway and install turning and passing lanes. (Photo by BRYCE MARTIN/Herald)
Construction was seen and heard earlier this month on Highway 22 in Dunn County as work began on plans to widen the roadway and install turning and passing lanes. (Photo by BRYCE MARTIN/Herald)

By BRYCE MARTIN

Herald Editor

Posted May 24, 2013

The North Dakota Department of Transportation answered the countless concerns this month over heavy traffic problems on Highway 22 in Dunn County.

Construction was seen and heard earlier this month as work began on plans to widen the roadway and install turning and passing lanes.

The once quiet highway, now overcrowded with semi trucks and people traveling to and from Dickinson, became somewhat notorious for vehicle collisions and large amounts of slow-moving truck traffic.

Traveling problems have been addressed with high volume country roads planned to have turning lanes from Highway 22. There also will be some passing lanes for vehicles to pass the slow-moving traffic.

Highway 22 also will be newly paved and feature a new paving structure.

While the highway won’t become four lanes, the NDDOT said the project, upon completion, should make traffic flow better, said Larry Gangl, the NDDOT Dickinson district engineer.

“It’ll provide a smooth surface … there’s some pavement deterioration right now and that’ll all be taken care of,” Gangl said. “The road will be wider and (the) public likes wider roads.”

With 8-foot shoulders, Highway 22 will look much different than it appeared prior to construction.

This year’s portion of the project will extend from the end of the five-lane section north of Dickinson, to roughly two miles south of Manning.

“Next year, we’re looking at going – tentative at this point – from that point to Killdeer,” Gangl said.

Drivers were advised to prepare for some travel delays throughout the construction phases, but nothing major.

“They’ll see some pilot car flagger operations as it starts to get more into the construction phase,” he said. “We’re just really starting right now.”

The work is estimated for completion by early November.

Contact Bryce Martin at bmartin@countrymedia.net.


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