Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Department of Transportation Meets with Counties on SB 2103 "Surge" Road Funds

Bryon Fuchs, ND DOT at meeting on SB 2103 in Devils Lake


The North Dakota Department of Transportation is meeting with Counties from across the state make sure all counties understand the great detail outlined in Senate Bill 2103. SB 2103 is otherwise known as the "Surge" bill and has already been signed into law by Governor Dalrymple. This fast-tracked bill allows counties to get to work on road projects now. $1.1 billion will be going to counties, cities and townships for road improvements this year. DOT officials are holding a series of meetings to highlight the criteria counties must follow in order to use the Surge funding for road projects in their area.



Walsh County Highway Supt. Sharon Lipsh presents project plans
Criteria includes:
  • Major reconstruction projects need to be posted at a legal load limit of 105,500 pounds
  • Provide connectivity & continuity to integrate and improve major paved and unpaved corridors within the county and across county borders
  • Design speed on roadway must be at least 55 mph (ND DOT can provide exception)
  • Consistent with the Upper Great Plains Transportation Institute's (UGPTI) study
  • Bridges must be designed to meet an HL 93 loading

Counties discuss projects they intend to build using funds from SB 2103 at the meetings. As a group, fellow county officials discuss whether or not the proposed project fits the criteria and give it a "thumbs up" or "thumbs down".  DOT officials will review projects needing more in-depth consideration. 

Meetings have been held in Stanley and Devils Lake. Two upcoming meetings are scheduled for 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. as follows: March 19th - Morton County Shop,Mandan & March 25th - Cass County Shop, West Fargo.

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