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Published March 11, 2011, 04:02 PM

I-94 Closed from Dickinson to Jamestown; No Travel Advised In Devils Lake Area

The North Dakota Department of Transportation (NDDOT) in partnership with the North Dakota Highway Patrol (NDHP) has CLOSED the eastbound and westbound roadways of Interstate 94 from Dickinson to Jamestown due to reduced visibility and a number of a traffic incidents on this roadway. This portion of the Interstate will remain closed until further notice.

The North Dakota Department of Transportation (NDDOT) in partnership with the North Dakota Highway Patrol (NDHP) has CLOSED the eastbound and westbound roadways of Interstate 94 from Dickinson to Jamestown due to reduced visibility and a number of a traffic incidents on this roadway. This portion of the Interstate will remain closed until further notice.

Other Closures include:

· Highway 83 is also CLOSED from Bismarck to Minot due to zero visibility and dangerous travel conditions.

· Both eastbound and westbound roadways of Interstate 94 are CLOSED from Bismarck to Dickinson due to reduced visibility and a number of a traffic incidents on this roadway. This portion of the Interstate will remain closed until further notice.

The No Travel Advisory has been extended to include Bismarck, Devils Lake, Medina and surrounding areas. Motorists should be advised that areas of scattered slush on the roadway are turning into ice, and blowing and drifting snow is making travel difficult in the advisory area.

A No Travel Advisory is still in effect for north central North Dakota including the cities of: Killdeer, Beulah, Garrison, Velva, Harvey, Center, Wilton, Underwood, McClusky, Minot, Mohall, Towner, Parshall, Bottineau, Crosby, Bowbells, Williston, Tioga, Stanley, Watford City, New Town and surrounding areas.

The Travel Alert has been extended to include: Valley City and surrounding areas. Motorists are encouraged to reduce speeds as they may encounter slush on the roadway. Conditions are such that motorists can still travel, but may experience gusty winds causing areas of blowing snow and reduced visibility.

Please be advised that travel will be difficult for high profile vehicles such as semis, trucks, buses and SUVs due to high winds and slippery road conditions.

All travelers are encouraged to wear seat belts, 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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