NDDOT to apply safe measures for construction crews as construction season begins

A car drives through a work zone on Sheyenne Street in West Fargo. Tanner Robinson / WDAY

BISMARCK — Road construction crews are working through the pandemic in North Dakota, but they do plan to work in a safer way.

Crews working on the same project will be 6 feet apart, and they'll start to wear masks and other protective equipment once more is available.

The North Dakota Department of Transportation said in a press conference Thursday, May 21, that the state is sinking nearly $400 million into statewide road construction this year, which is down slightly from last year.

Sgt. Wade Kadrmas of the North Dakota Highway Patrol warned holiday travelers to be careful in work zones, as the minimum fine for speeding through one is $80.


"(Maybe) going a little over the speed limit is not a big deal, or maybe just glancing down at your phone is not a big deal, but that big deal can turn into a citation," he said.

Peggy Anderson, NDDOT's communications director, said because less people are expected to travel by flying this weekend, she expects the roads to be more full.

"People are going to be driving their cars more; they're going to be driving more to the state parks and to visit people they haven't been able to visit all winter," she said.

Tanner Robinson is a producer for First News on WDAY-TV.
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