WATFORD CITY, N.D. — The Watford City Southeast and Southwest bypass project has been named one of the top 10 projects for America’s Transportation Awards competition.
The project is in the running for the grand prize, which is selected by a panel of experts, and the people’s choice award, which will be decided by online votes.
The public can vote for their favorite project through Sept. 11 at http://nominate.americastransportationawards.org/Voting.aspx. Individuals can vote up to 10 times per day.
Each award includes a $10,000 prize that will be donated to a charity or scholarship fund. The American Association of State Highway Transportation Officials created the awards program to recognize projects that deliver value to communities.
“The impact of these bypasses in our community is enormous,” said Watford City Mayor Brent Sanford. “The completion of these projects has significantly raised the quality of life in our community, as residents are no longer consumed by the daily frustration brought on by traffic congestion.”
The North Dakota Department of Transportation worked with the community and local officials, engineering firm KLJ, and contractors Knife River and Phillips & Jordan to take truck traffic around the city rather than through town.
The Watford City Southwest Bypass is a 7.5-mile long, four-lane roadway that cost about $80 million. The Watford City Southeast Bypass is a 5.7-mile long, four-lane roadway that cost about $50 million.
“We appreciate the fact that a panel of national transportation peers recognized the excellent work of the NDDOT team and other transportation professionals,” said Grant Levi, NDDOT director. “The department is committed to working with communities to ensure that the roadways are safe and the community’s transportation system allows them to prosper.”
The project also received the Western Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials America’s Transportation award earlier this year in the quality of life/community development category.