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Projects set to impact drivers on I-29 and U.S. 2, 81, 32

Travelers in northeastern and north-central North Dakota will see some detours and traffic delays this spring and summer, part of about $60 million worth of road construction projects planned in the region.

Travelers in northeastern and north-central North Dakota will see some detours and traffic delays this spring and summer, part of about $60 million worth of road construction projects planned in the region.

Major projects are scheduled along Interstate 29 between Bowesmont and Pembina, N.D., in the northeastern corner of the state, and along U.S. Highway 2 west of Rugby, N.D.

They are among nearly $300 million in projects planned statewide by the North Dakota Department of Transportation.

Here are some of the larger projects in the region:

- I-29, Bowesmont to Pembina. The $10 million project will take place along a 17-mile stretch of interstate. It will involve grade lowering near interchanges, asphalt overlay and paving with reclaimed asphalt.

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n U.S. Highway 2, from one mile west of Rugby to Berwick. The nearly $6.8 million project will force the closing of the westbound two lanes of traffic to allow highway widening and whitetopping, according to Wayde Swenson, NDDOT Devils Lake District engineer. Whitetopping is a new technique in North Dakota that combines an asphalt base with a new concrete overlay.

Traffic will be switched Monday to two-way traffic on the eastbound lanes. The project calls for milling off one inch of the roadway, then paving with seven inches of concrete. The project should be completed by Oct. 1.

Much farther west, another major Highway 2 project will take place from nine miles east of Stanley to three miles west of U.S. 52. NDDOT's Minot district is in charge of that $8.3 million project.

- U.S. Highway 81, from state Highway 66 to state Highway 5. This is a nearly $4.5 million project to apply a hot bituminous pavement and thicker asphalt, as well as some safety work. Another section of Highway 81, from Grafton to Highway 66, also will see a sealing project.

- N.D. Highway 32 near Aneta. This is a $3 million project between state highways 15 and 45.

"We're trying a new method, to see if we can get things done more economically and have the road last longer," Les Noehr, NDDOT Grand Forks District Engineer, said.

When the project begins in the next few weeks, travelers will see one-lane traffic, with guide cars leading traffic through the construction zone.

- U.S. Highway 281, Carrington to New Rockford. This $7 million project involves road reconstruction and widening along a 14-mile stretch of the highway. A separate, nearly $1 million project will involve rebuilding the roadway on a railroad overpass along Highway 281.

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Other projects

Some other projects of note:

- I-29, north of Grand Forks to Manvel. This project involves concrete road repair, sealing cracks and replacing damaged panels.

- I-29, Grand Forks. Approach slab construction at four sites. Work began late last year.

- U.S. 2, Devils Lake. Sealcoat will be applied to frontage roads all along Highway 2 through Devils Lake.

- N.D. Highway 32, from Grand Forks County line to state Highway 17. Repaving.

- N.D. Highway 17, from Highway 32 to Park River. Microsurfacing.

- N.D. Highway 5, east of Langdon. Asphalt paving.

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- N.D. Highway 1, from Langdon to Nekoma. Asphalt overlay project.

- I-29, north of Buxton to state Highway 15. Microsurfacing.

Highway crews also will prepare this summer for a major I-29 project in 2010 and 2011 between Grand Forks and Thompson, according to Noehr. They'll build median crossovers for the project. The northbound lanes will be rebuilt in 2010, while the southbound lanes will be reconstructed in 2011.

Reach Bonham at (701) 780-1269; (800) 477-6572, ext. 269; or send e-mail to kbonham@gfherald.com .

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