Why can’t you just build the new US Highway 83 route on existing roads or routes? Why are you going through areas where there aren’t any roads already?
Any alternative US Highway 83 route that is constructed would require the current roadway (if there is one) to be reconstructed to state and federal highway standards. Minimal cost savings are realized by using existing roads. However, current roadways are desirable because there is already the expectation of traffic in these locations, albeit significantly less than a US Highway.
What alternatives are being considered for US Highway 83?
There are a range of alternatives being studied/evaluated, including:
- A range of improvements to the current US Highway 83 route (from minimal signal timing changes to a more traditional freeway (grade separated) conversion)
- Improving the current ND Highway 14 and ND Highway 36 route
- Building a new alternative US Highway 83 route north and east of Bismarck (multiple potential routes being considered)
Why haven’t you considered other alternatives further away from area residences?
Other alternatives further away from residential areas have been considered. The study area is approximately 500 square miles. A range of alternatives were preliminarily reviewed to determine the expected number of users. This review determined that the further away the route is, the less likely it is to be used. The routes chosen balance route use and potential impacts. Various factors such as topography and construction costs result is less benefit for routes further away from the Bismarck city limits.
How many vehicles would be expected to use an alternative US Highway 83 route?
Depending on the specific alignment location, approximately 1,500 to 5,000 vehicles per day may use an alternative US Highway 83 route by year 2040 (excluding the ND Highway 14 and ND Highway 36 alternative). There is the potential that an alternative route may also generate additional development once constructed, which could add up to an additional 2,250 vehicles per day, approximately 10-years after construction.
Is the I-94 and 66th Street interchange being replaced by one of the proposed US Highway 83 alternatives?
The I-94 and 66th Street interchange would not be replaced by one of the proposed US Highway 83 alternatives. Any US Highway 83 alternative is assumed to be in addition to a future I-94 and 66th Street interchange.
How has the US Highway 83 Alternative Study been communicated to the public?
This study has followed the Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) public engagement process guidelines for public meeting notifications. Communication has included formal public notices within area newspapers (display ads in Bismarck Tribune), website event notifications (City, MPO, NDDOT, and Study websites), email notifications (if signed up) and Facebook ads.
How does the US Highway 83 Alternative Study relate to previous studies, including the North-South Beltway Corridor Study (2009) and the US 83 Corridor Study (2006)?
The US Highway 83 Alternative Study is an independent study focusing on the short- and long-term needs along US Highway 83 (i.e. State Street). This includes evaluating potential alternative routes for US Highway 83 northeast of Bismarck. Given the timeframe of previous studies, the current US Highway 83 Alternative Study is based on more recent traffic information and the latest land use and planned transportation networks.
Will an Interchange at US Highway 83 and 71st Avenue be considered as proposed in the US 83 Corridor Study completed in 2006?
The US Highway 83 and 71st Avenue intersection is within the study area and will be reviewed by looking at both current and future traffic operations and safety. If issues are identified, potential solutions will be evaluated, which could include changes to traffic control and/or geometric improvements.
How does the US Highway 83 Alternative Study relate to other long-term transportation planning efforts?
The US Highway 83 Alternative Study will leverage information from Envision 2040 (i.e. the MPO 2015 – 2040 Bismarck-Mandan Long Range Transportation Plan), which identifies the future transportation vision for the community. Envision 2040 is planned to be updated during 2018 and 2019 and is referenced as the Metropolitan Transportation Plan (MTP). Note that Envision 2040 and the MTP focus on the entire Bismarck-Mandan metropolitan area, while the US Highway 83 Alternative Study focuses on the outer limits of the metropolitan area and the existing US Highway 83 corridor.
Is the point of the US Highway 83 Alternative Study to move truck traffic away from US Highway 83?
The purpose of the US Highway 83 Alternative Study is to understand the current and future needs of the corridor, which includes evaluating potential alternative routes for US Highway 83 northeast of Bismarck. An alternative US Highway 83 alignment would be expected to accommodate all vehicle types, including trucks. Another goal of the study is to understand who would use an alternative US Highway 83 and identify viable alignments, lanes, and access.
Would an alternative US Highway 83 alignment result in any neighborhood impacts?
The study team will be evaluating potential impacts of each alternative alignment, including potential impacts to neighborhoods.
What are the projected costs for the project?
Currently, there is no funding for construction of an alternative US Highway 83. One of the goals of the study is to understand the potential need and impacts of an alternative US Highway 83 alignment, as well as to determine benefits and preliminary construction costs.
Is the purpose of the US Highway 83 Alternative Study to identify solutions or provide recommendations?
Once completed, the US Highway 83 Alternative Study will provide data and analysis to support the purpose and need of an alternative US Highway 83 alignment, as well as a list of viable alternatives and associated potential impacts and preliminary costs. This information will be used by the NDDOT, Burleigh County, city of Bismarck and other area stakeholders to help plan for future area transportation improvements.
How does the US Highway 83 Alternative Study relate to previous studies that discussed a future interchange at I-94 and 66th Street?
An interchange at I-94 and 66th Street NE continues to be a future planned improvement within Envision 2040 (i.e. the MPO 2015 – 2040 Bismarck-Mandan Long Range Transportation Plan); however, construction of this improvement is dependent upon further growth within the area, expansion of area infrastructure to support future development, and funding.