Dalrymple Dedicates Opening of Minot's New Northeast Bypass
BISMARCK, N.D. – Gov. Jack Dalrymple today joined Minot and Ward County officials and Sen. John Hoeven in celebrating the completion of the city’s new Northeast Bypass, a seven-mile stretch of roadway that creates an east-side bypass for motorists traveling on Highway 83. The bypass, which recently opened to traffic, diverts trucks around the northeast side of Minot, easing traffic congestion and promoting the efficient movement of goods.
The bypass was constructed at a cost of about $10 million. The project’s second phase calls for building a 1,100 foot-long bridge over BNSF rail lines at a cost of about $16.4 million. The project includes about $20 million in federal funding, $1.5 million in state funding, $3.4 million in local government funding and $1.5 million provided by BNSF.
“This project is a great example of federal, state, local and industry collaboration, with multiple partners working together to enhance the region’s infrastructure and quality of life,” Dalrymple said. “The new bypass will not only reduce the number of trucks traveling through Minot, but will help drive the city and county's continued growth and development.”
The project began in August 2011 and includes two large construction sections: the Northeast Bypass and the 55th Street Northeast Grade Separation that will provide a bridge to carry traffic over the BNSF Railroad and improve access to the city’s ag and energy parks, the Port of North Dakota Intermodel Rail Facility and BNSF’s rail complex. The grade separation project is scheduled to be completed next year.
The bypass was constructed as a result of upgrades to County Road 10A, 46th Avenue Northeast and 55th Street Northeast, and mirrors the northwest U.S. Highway 83 bypass. More than 31,000 tons of asphalt pavement was used to form the bypass.