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Charlie Bob Creek Road is currently under construction from the McKenzie/Dunn County line for two miles heading west. Please expect delays and slow down in construction areas. This is in effect until further notice. 

Effective at 12:30 pm on Wednesday, November 9, 2022, McKenzie County will be routing traffic to the new portion of Long X Road. The old portion will be closed and barricades will be placed until the old road is obliterated and reclamation is done.



October 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 follow DETOUR signs from 4th to 7th Avenues & WAIT for PILOT CAR and follow it to drive through the Construction Site SAFELY 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 OCTOBER, following activities will be executed on this project:


1.     Underground Utilities work – Sewer and Storm drains from 4th to 6th AVEs.

2.     Dumping, levelling & grading Salvaged Aggregate Base Course.

3.     Concrete casting for Curb & Gutter and Sidewalks.

4.     Hot Bitumen Asphalt paving.

5.     Permanent Erosion Control and Seeding.

6.     Driveways concrete and Valley Gutters.

7.     Concrete Pavement at Intersections.



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 very much for your patience and cooperation during this project!


McKenzie County Contact: Attn: Grace Demars

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 9/20/2022

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.


Grace Demars, Engineering Director
Office: 701-444-7168

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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