Devils Lake area road, construction report for the weekend of Oct. 26

Staff Writer
Devils Lake Journal

For weekend of Oct. 26 the traffic flow on U.S. Highways 19, 57 , 20, US 281, US 2, Devils Lake Embankment Project and Grahams Island.

Current roadway updates include:

  • ND Hwy 19 – Heavy truck traffic at the intersection of US 2 & ND Hwy 19 – caution advised.
  • BIA # 1 & BIA # 4 south are now open with speed limit posted at 40 mph. BIA # 5 and BIA #4 north of intersection of BIA # 1 & BIA # 4 remain closed . Barricades are in place on BIA # 4 north and BIA #5. Public is reminded not to remove barricades, contractor continues to work on finish grade of project.
  • ND Hwy 57 – Traffic has switched over to the lakeside of roadway from Ft. Totten to the Casino Bridge. Paving of ND Hwy 57 is will resume this weekend (weather permitting). Pilot car will be present from Fort Totten to the Bridge just north of the Casino,( expect some delays). Speed limit is posted at 35 mph from Ft. Totten to Devils Lake. Emergency Vehicles have the right of way. Heavy truck traffic on ND Hwy 57 north of Ft. Totten to the Casino Bridge. Flaggers will be present as graveling crews move through the project, also flaggers on several private drives along Hwy57. (short delays).
  • ND Hwy 20 – Camp Grafton main entrance will be closed until further notice, access to Camp will be the Military Road to Camp north entrance. Speed limit is 35 mph from the Casino Bridge north to Devils Lake Levy. Roadway has some soft spots caution advised motorists are asked to slow down. Flaggers are south of the intersection of Hwy 20 & Hwy 57 near the Casino Bridge and east of ND Hwy 20 Bridge with short delays. Also trucks will be dumping material north and south of the DL city levy, with flaggers present caution advised with speed limit of 35 mph through construction zone. Motorists are urged to watch the distance between cars when traveling through the construction zones. Traffic has switched over to the west side of ND Hwy 20 from the Casino Bridge to the DL Levy. (weather permitting) Paving is scheduled to start next Monday October 29, 2012.
  • US Hwy 281 – Speed limit of 65 mph with normal traffic flows.
  • US Hwy 2 – Trucks will be hauling from the pits east and west of Devils Lake on US 2 and dumping just south of the city levy on ND Hwy 20. Caution advised with increased truck traffic at the intersection of ND Hwy 20 and US 2 also intersection of US 2 & ND Hwy 19. Trucks will be accessing the Devils Lake Embankment Project 2 miles east of Devils Lake on US 2.
  • BNSF Railroad will be working in the Channel A Bridge area with some truck traffic crossing US 2 east of the Bridge.
  • (weather permitting) Work continues on DL Embankment Protection Project. Phase 2 pumping station work will continue this week with truck traffic hauling material on City Phase 2A & 2B projects increased truck traffic on US 2 east of Devils Lake, watch for trucks accessing roads to DL Levy. Devils Lake Embankment Phase 3, contractor will be working in the Lakewood area and acorn ridge area. Contractor has closed off township road- 46th street until further notice. On Ramsey county No.1 just after the Golf Course turnoff road will be closed with detour setup for local traffic.
  • Grahams Island Road – normal driving conditions.
  • This next Public meeting on Road construction will be October 31, 2012 @ 3pm in the Auditorium of Spirit Lake Casino.

SAFETY CONCERNS: When traveling through construction zones, please do not pass other vehicles or construction equipment and be cautious of crew members standing along the roadways. Pay attention to flaggers on all roads and watch traffic signals along Highways; if it’s red, stop and wait for the light to turn green. Be safe and smart while traveling through these work zones. Traffic is asked to keep up with the traffic flow behind pilot cars – this will ensure all traffic is moving at a timely manner through construction zones. Reminder, emergency vehicles have the right of way. Motorists are urged to keep a safe distance between vehicles in construction zones.

For more information on the Devils Lake Basin Road Construction projects, visit the website at http://www.devilslakeroadreport.com or email Tim at the Devils Lake Chamber of Commerce at info@devilslakend.com. You can also call the Devils Lake Chamber office at 701.662.4903