Interstate 94 in North Dakota
Interstate 94 or I -94 is an Interstate Highway in the U.S. state of North Dakota. The highway forms a long east-west route through the south of the state, running from Beach on the border with Montana via the capital Bismarck to the largest city of Fargo on the border with Minnesota. The highway is 566 kilometers long.
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I-94 through Theodore Roosevelt National Park.
I-94 at Glen Ullin.
In remote prairie territory, Interstate 94 in Montana crosses the border into North Dakota at the town of Beach. You then pass through an area with the so-called Badlands, an eroded area with cliffs and hills. One passes here directly past the Theodore Roosevelt National Park. After this park you arrive again in a flat area at an altitude of about 750 meters. This gradually descends towards the east. There are no major roads or places in this area. At Belfield, one crosses US 85, a remote highway from Williston in the north toward Rapid City in South Dakota. One passes by Dickinson, one of the largest towns in the state with 16,000 inhabitants. The distances here are very large.
After 250 kilometers you reach the capital Bismarck, a small town with 58,000 inhabitants. Here Interstate 194 turns off into downtown Bismarck, little more than a large driveway. A bridge crosses the Missouri River. In Bismarck one also crosses the US 83, the main road to Minot in the north. The I-94 sometimes runs straight through the landscape for many miles, making the ride quite monotonous. One reaches 160 kilometers after Bismarck Jamestown, a town with 15,000 inhabitants. Here one crosses US 281, which leaves Aberdeen in South Dakotato Devils Lake in the north. One has almost imperceptibly dropped a few hundred meters since 350 kilometers, and the underlying road network is a 1 by 1 mile grid pattern, like everywhere in the Midwest. Driving here in winter can be dangerous, during snow storms, very low temperatures and the long distances to medical aid stations. After 550 kilometers you reach Fargo, a city with 91,000 inhabitants, and a small conurbation. It crosses the state’s only other major highway, Interstate 29, which comes from Omaha and heads toward Winnipeg in the Canadian province of Manitoba. Then they cross the border into Minnesota and enter Interstate 94 in Minnesotacontinue towards Minneapolis.
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After the Interstate Highway system was created, the first contract for the construction of the highway was immediately awarded in 1956, between Jamestown and Valley City in the east of the state. This section opened to traffic for 60 kilometers on October 16, 1958, the first Interstate Highway in North Dakota. In 1959 a second section of 77 kilometers opens between Dawson and Jamestown. In 1960 opens 20 miles between Casselton and the Minnesota border, through the Fargo region. On October 6, 1964, a 177-kilometer stretch from Fryburg to Mandan opened in the west of the state. The rest of the route was opened during the 1960s and early 1970s.
About 1997, a small portion of I-94 in Fargo was widened to 2×3 lanes, when the flyover at the interchange with I-29 was also constructed. The highway was then widened to the Minnesota border.
Every day, 3,000 vehicles drive near the border with Montana, rising slightly from Belfield to about 6,000 vehicles towards Dickinson. Between Dickinson and Bismarck there are usually 6,000 to 7,000 vehicles per day, rising to 40,000 vehicles before the interchange with the I-194 in Mandan. 23,000 vehicles drive through the north of Bismarck. Between Bismarck and Jamestown, intensities are between 7,200 and 9,700 vehicles, rising slightly to 10,000 to 12,000 vehicles between Jamestown and Fargo. The busiest point is on the Minnesota border with 65,000 vehicles per day, by far the busiest stretch of road in North Dakota.