North Dakota oil country, other roads get $1.1 billion

By Keith Goble, Land Line state legislative editor | 3/9/2015

A new spending bill in North Dakota provides $1.1 billion to be used for road work in the oil patch and elsewhere throughout the state.

Gov. Jack Dalrymple signed a bill into law that provides counties, cities and the North Dakota Department of Transportation with money immediately to get started on road and other infrastructure projects.

The North Dakota Legislature fast-tracked the bill to avoid delays in making money available for the upcoming road construction season. House lawmakers approved the bill on a 90-2 vote, and the Senate voted unanimously to endorse changes to SB2013.

“It was clear that we would again need to fast-track a funding bill so that we can take full advantage of the upcoming construction season, and this major funding package accomplishes that,” Dalrymple said in a news release.

Most of the money is earmarked for the oil-producing region in the western part of the state.

Specifically, $450 million is allotted for state highway projects. Another $240 million will be sent to the top 10 oil-producing counties. Non-oil-producing counties will claim another $112 million while cities in oil-producing counties will get $100 million. Another $198 million will be allotted for other cities and townships outside the oil patch.

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