Bid placed for next step in Highway 85 expansion
Monday, February 20, 2023

The North Dakota Department of Transportation has approved a contract to begin construction work to expand Highway 85.

The department announced they have accepted a $77 million bid from Central Specialties to create a four-lane highway between Watford City and the Long X Bridge. Cal Klewin, executive director of the Theodore Roosevelt Expressway project, said it’s about a 10-mile stretch that runs through parts of the badlands.

“This region right here is a tough area in North Dakota to build roads. You can see that by the cost of it, but it’s going to be well worth it when it is done,” said Klewin.

Klewin added that construction work will start later this spring.

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