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Published January 01, 2011, 03:01 PM

I-29 Opens From Grand Forks to Canadian Border

The North Dakota Department of Transportation (NDDOT) along with the North Dakota Highway Patrol (NDHP) has OPENED I-29 from Grand Forks to the Canadian Border. I-94 remains CLOSED from Jamestown to Fargo as well as I-29 from the South Dakota border to Grand Forks. Given the status of the cleanup and the current conditions, these segments of the interstate are expected to remain closed into Sunday.

From NDDOT:

I-29 open from Grand Forks to Canadian Border

The North Dakota Department of Transportation (NDDOT) along with the North Dakota Highway Patrol (NDHP) has OPENED I-29 from Grand Forks to the Canadian Border.

I-94 remains CLOSED from Jamestown to Fargo as well as I-29 from the South Dakota border to Grand Forks. Given the status of the cleanup and the current conditions, these segments of the interstate are expected to remain closed into Sunday. The roadway continues to be impassable and it is against the law to drive past a road closure device on a closed road.

The No Travel Advisory has been LIFTED for Grand Forks, Drayton, Cavalier and surrounding areas.

A No Travel Advisory remains in effect for eastern North Dakota due to blowing and drifting snow. Cities included in the No Travel Advisory include: Casselton, Fargo, Wahpeton, Hillsboro, and surrounding areas.

A Travel Alert is in effect for Grand Forks, areas east of Bismarck, Steele, Napoleon, Linton, Flasher, Selfridge, Valley City, Jamestown, Edgeley and surrounding areas. Conditions are such that motorists can still travel; however, they should be aware that rapidly changing conditions may result in travel delays due to reduced speeds and visibility.

All travelers are encouraged to wear seatbelts, monitor road conditions, reduce traffic speeds as weather conditions occur and use caution while traveling. For road information, call 511 from any type of phone or go to the website: www.dot.nd.gov.

NDDOT releases information to inform the public about travel conditions throughout the state. The three categories are as follows:

1. Travel Alerts are issued to alert motorists that areas of challenging winter driving conditions may be encountered on roadways. Conditions are such that motorists can still travel; however, they should be aware that rapidly changing conditions may result in travel delays due to reduced speeds and visibility.

2. No Travel Advisories are issued when conditions warrant no travel but not a road closure. No Travel Advisories have the potential to change to a Road Closure if conditions deteriorate. No Travel Advisories are issued for public safety to encourage motorists not to venture out onto the roads. Motorists are urged to take No Travel Advisories seriously. Conditions change often during a storm event and motorists may become stranded if they are caught between destinations.

3. Roads are closed when conditions create a life-threatening danger to motorists. The roadway is impassable and it is against the law to drive past a road closure device on a closed road. Motorists should obey road closures, even when a sign or a gate is not present.

Please be advised that road condition information on 511 and the travel map is updated daily from 5 a.m. until 9 p.m. CST. The road report is based upon the information available to the NDDOT at the time of preparation and is provided solely as a public service. Conditions may vary from those reported.

If you become stranded, motorists should stay with their vehicle and call 911 for emergency assistance.

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