NEW TOWN, ND
new town nE truck reliever route and main street reconstruction
The oil and gas boom of Western North Dakota put considerable strain on roadways including Main Street (ND 23) through the city of New Town. Ackerman-Estvold completed a corridor study on ND 23 at the start of the boom, which resulted in the city of New Town and the NDDOT looking for options to alleviate traffic through New Town and its Business District on Main Street. The NE Truck Reliever Route (ND 23B) was designed by our team in conjunction with the City and NDDOT. The corridor study also identified improvements that resulted in the reconstruction of Main Street.
The NE Truck Reliever Route included the design of 3.2 miles of rural roadway, five intersections and associated turn lanes and traffic signals, wetland mitigation, and drainage improvements. More than 1,000,000 cubic yards of earth was moved to construct the roadway thru mostly undeveloped rolling terrain. Ackerman-Estvold's role in this NDDOT project included the environmental and design phases. The project required an environmental assessment resulting in a Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI), traffic operations study, noise analysis, and environmental studies resulting in cultural avoidance measures and wetland mitigation. Coordination and approval with the Federal Highway Administration, North Dakota Department of Transportation, Bureau of Indian Affairs, and the Three Affiliated Tribes was also completed by the Ackerman-Estvold team. The project was completed in 2014 at a cost of $18.9 million.
The Main Street project consisted of the complete reconstruction of a half-mile-long urban section of roadway from ND 1804 to East Avenue. The improvements converted the two-lane roadway into a three-lane section with a two-way left turn lane and maintained the frontage roads and parking critical to the adjacent businesses. Ackerman-Estvold completed the traffic operations study, environmental document, and design for this NDDOT project. The design included improved roadway geometrics, storm drain, sidewalks, curb and gutter, medians, signing, pavement markings, and lighting. Ackerman-Estvold also designed improvements to the water and sewer infrastructure for the City of New Town and included it in the NDDOT plans. The project was completed in 2015 at a cost of $9.7 million.