NDDOT TRAVEL ADVISORY (1-18)

NOTICE FROM THE NORTH DAKOTA DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION:

January 18, 2020

6:00 p.m.​

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I-29 OPENED from Fargo to the South Dakota Border; ND Hwy 13 OPENED from I-29 to Wahpeton​

The North Dakota Department of Transportation (NDDOT) along with the North Dakota Highway Patrol (NDHP) have OPENED I-29 northbound and southbound lanes from Fargo to the South Dakota Border and OPENED ND HWY 13 eastbound and westbound lanes from I-29 to Wahpeton. A No Travel Advisory remains in effect due to strong winds causing blowing and drifting snow, areas of zero visibility, and hazardous driving conditions. Blowing snow is causing snow drifts at underpasses and sheltered areas. While crews are trying to keep the roadway clear, at times there may be areas where I-29 is reduced to a single lane because of snow drifts. Drifting may become worse during the overnight hours. ​

I-29 remains CLOSED northbound and southbound lanes from Grand Forks to Fargo due to strong winds causing blowing and drifting snow, areas of near zero visibility, and life-threatening driving conditions. Motorists are not allowed to travel on a closed road.​

I-94 remains CLOSED westbound and eastbound lanes from Bismarck to Fargo due to strong winds causing blowing and drifting snow, areas of near zero visibility, and life-threatening driving conditions. Motorists are not allowed to travel on a closed road.​

A No Travel Advised remains in effect for eastern North Dakota. Cities included are Jamestown, Valley City, Devils Lake, Fargo, Wahpeton, Grand Forks, and surrounding areas. Motorists should not travel due to hazardous conditions which may make it unsafe to travel. ​

The three categories are as follows:

1.TRAVEL ALERT– Motorists can still travel but may encounter areas of challenging winter weather driving conditions on roadways. Motorists should allow extra time to reach their destination and be alert to conditions that may make travel difficult, change rapidly, or cause travel delays. A TRAVEL ALERT has the potential to change to a NO TRAVEL ADVISED if conditions deteriorate.

2.NO TRAVEL ADVISED– Motorists should not travel due to hazardous conditions which may make it unsafe to travel. Snowplows may be pulled from the roads during severe conditions. Motorists should take NO TRAVEL ADVISED seriously as those motorists who choose to travel at their own risk may become stranded and emergency responders may not be able to reach them safely. A NO TRAVEL ADVISED has the potential to change to a ROAD CLOSED OR BLOCKED if conditions deteriorate.

3.ROAD CLOSED OR BLOCKED– Motorists are not allowed to travel on a closed road due to life threatening conditions. The road may be impassible or blocked. Motorists who drive past a road closure device may be fined up to $250.

Please be advised that road condition information on 511 and the travel map is updated daily from 5 a.m. until 10 p.m. CDT. 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.

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