Group Floats Idea Of A Ferry Across Lake Sakakawea

WILLISTON, N.D. – A ferry to float vehicles across Lake Sakakawea could relieve traffic on overburdened Oil Patch highways, says a group working to plan western North Dakota’s future. Members of the Vision West ND Consortium voted this week to fund a study to explore the feasibility of a ferry that could transport cars and…
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Caution Urged During North Dakota’s Largest Road Construction Season Ever

WATFORD CITY, N.D. — I seriously considered phoning this assignment in. I feared that driving from Williston to Watford City in heavy rain Thursday on a deadly stretch of Oil Patch highway to a press conference on road safety might make me another statistic. But with 48 traffic fatalities so far this year — 12…
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Bill Targets Speeders With Out-of-state License Plates

BISMARCK – Tioga Rep. Bob Skarphol is tired of seeing the same out-of-state license plates on vehicles driven by new western North Dakota workers. The Republican who lives in the heart of North Dakota’s oil boom has introduced a bill that would require people with out-of-state license plates to pay speeding fines of their home…
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Williston Truck Bypass Route Approved

WILLISTON, N.D. – County commissioners here voted today to approve a route for a truck bypass around Williston, echoing similar action taken by city commissioners last month. The bypass route is not the one city and county leaders preferred because it is longer and will affect more property owners. However, the North Dakota Department of…
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Land Board Commits $2.5M In Grants For Oil Patch Township Roads

BISMARCK – The North Dakota Land Board committed an additional $2.5 million in energy impact grants today to help townships in oil-impacted areas repair roads damaged by heavy truck traffic. During the current biennium, the Land Board has awarded a total of $124 million in grants to help cities, townships and other political subdivisions in…
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