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On Wednesday, July 6, 2022 there will be a temporary bypass to allow continued traffic flow on Long X Road during the installation of a cattle guard at the pinned location. All traffic is to be advised to use caution in this area and slow down. This bypass will remain open and road width reduced until the installation is complete. 

Effective at 1:00 pm on Wednesday, June 1, 2022, Long X Road in McKenzie County will be restricted to 8 ton 80,000 lbs until further notice. The speed limit will be reduced to 10 mph in the marked slide area. Please use caution.


August 1, 2022

Watford City Main Street North


Type of Work:

McKenzie County has contracted with a Contractor named Mayo Construction Co. Inc via public bid process, to reconstruct Main Street North from 4th Ave N to 30th Ave N.


Construction activities will include removal of existing pavement, earthwork operations, curb and gutter, sidewalk, storm drain, and asphalt pavement.  


Who is Authorizing Work:

McKenzie County Commission in cooperation with City of Watford City


Dates of Work:

Expected from May 19, 2022 to October 29, 2022.


Construction Hours:

Crews will be working between the hours of 7:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m., Monday through Saturday.  


Construction Impacts:


·        Time Delay Impact:

Expect time delay of 15+ minutes due to uneven surface having loose gravel and ONE-WAY traffic during Construction Operations.


·        Traffic Impact:

During construction operations, Main Street will be open to one-way traffic with the use of flaggers. Parking for businesses in Wolf Creek Development will be maintained during all construction operations. At the completion of each working day, the roadway will be opened to two-way traffic.


Please don’t remove any construction wooden stakes while mowing your lawns and obey all temporary traffic signs as work activities may change daily.


·        Other Impact:

Some temporary inconveniences may occur during working hours as the work progresses such as noise and vibrations.





During the month of August, following activities will be executed on this project

1.      Excavation & Grading of dirt (Cutting / Filling).

2.      Removal of existing curb & gutter and sidewalk.

3.      Replacing of existing pipes with new pipes at all Approaches

4.      Underground Utilities work – Sewer, Water and Storm drains.

5.      Adjustment of existing Gate Valve Boxes and Manholes of all Utilities.




If you have any questions, comments or require special needs regarding this notice or project in general, feel free to contact me during business hours by calling the number below.



Thank you for your patience and cooperation during this project!



McKenzie County Contact: Attn: Curt Huus

Engineering Director




The Utility & Approach Permit packets have been updated under Permits.  Please ensure you are following the current guidelines.  We have also added a Permit Checklist to each packet.   Please email all Utility and Approach Permits to the following email address:  permits@co.mckenzie.nd.us        Updated 4/5/2022

The Following article is from the WDEA April 19, 2019 Newsletter:

Truckers Reminded of Weight Restrictions - Overweight Load Violations Can Mean Hefty Fines

It’s that time of year when rain events will cause county and township road supervisors to impose weight restrictions on roads, and unwary violators could face huge fines.

Such a case occurred this week when a fuel truck delivery driver crossed into another county where a 12,000-pound-per-axle weight limit had been imposed because overnight rain had saturated the road. The vehicle, which was carrying 3,000 gallons of fuel, was stopped by a sheriff’s deputy and initially faced a fine of $9,200. However, after learning the driver was from an adjoining county and unaware that restrictions had been imposed that morning, the overweight penalty was not enforced.

The incident serves as a reminder to truckers of the notification procedures, and the obligation of local road superintendents to alert the public that the restrictions have been put in place. Counties that are members of the LoadPass Permit System can notify trucking companies through LoadPass, which offers text alerts and email notifications to those who sign up to be notified. Counties that impose restrictions are obligated to post notice on the county’s website, and many will also issue notifications through social media. If truckers have any doubts, they can check the list of restrictions on the LoadPass site, or contact the county highway department or sheriff’s office.

The restrictions apply to overweight vehicles in all industrial classes including farmers and ranchers who may be hauling equipment, fertilizer, livestock, grain or other commodities. 

Click here to see a table showing the fee schedule for overweight violations.

Please check back for updated information

Please use the following to stay up to date with any additional restrictions. 


-          You can also go to this site to sign up for email and/or text notifications for not only McKenzie county, but Williams, Billings, Dunn, Mountrail, and other participating counties.


Curt Huus, Engineering Director
Office: 701-444-2420 ext: 4

Layton Northrop, Road Superintendent
Office: 701-444-7158

Dan Vander Vorste - Right of Way (ROW) Project Manager
Cell:  701-471-4055
Tim Pickering, Permitting Specialist/ ND Energy Trip Permits 
Office: 701-444-7165

Cindy Glover, McKenzie County Permitting/Project Specialist
Office: 701.444.7164

Dawn Tschetter, McKenzie County Permitting Specialist
Office: 701.444.7179

Cassie Cullinan, Administrative Support
Office: 701-444-7170

The North Dakota Department of Transportation  will give information on State Road Restrictions and 511 Information.

For assistance filling out an overweight/oversize permit, please visit ndenergy.org or call 701-566-5576. For questions on routes, or other information please call 701-444-7427. Thank you!

McKenzie County

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