Monday, July 18, 2016

Lewis and Clark Bridge Southwest Of Williston Coming Along -- July 18, 2016


July 18, 2016: from an older Inforum article, April 19, 2016, posted because the article includes a "recent" photograph of the new bridge --
Mild spring weather has set road construction in motion earlier than usual in North Dakota, and more money will be spent on highways and bridges than last year despite recent budget cuts to the state Department of Transportation. 
The department has $680 million in work planned for this construction season, up from $615 million last year.
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I can hardly wait for photographs of the finished bridge. I assume many state leaders, and maybe even some national politicians will show up for the dedication. It would be nice to see the president appoint a "US Bridge Czar." Not.

From The Williston Herald on Friday, July 15, 2016 -- just before this past weekend:
Motorists traveling on the Lewis and Clark Bridge on US Highway 85 south of Williston will experience delays during the overnight hours on Friday and Monday.
The delays will occur beginning at 10 p.m. each night and will conclude by 5 a.m. the next morning.
In order to complete bridge construction work, this delay will occur periodically throughout the next few months.
For up to date information on traffic delays go to the Travel Information Map at
During this time, motorists may have to stop and take turns to cross the bridge and the bridge will be closed to traffic for short times throughout the night. Delays are expected to be approximately 20 minutes. A width restriction of 16 feet will be in place.
For folks living on the west coast or east coast, here are some photos of US Highway 85 through the Bakken during rush hour: At the site, click on "Camera Images" and filter "US Highway 85."

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