Interstate 94 in North Dakota

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This article is about the section of Interstate 94 in North Dakota. For the entire length of the highway, see Interstate 94.

Interstate 94 marker

Interstate 94
Route information
Maintained by NDDOT
Length: 352.39 mi[1] (567.12 km)
Major junctions
West end: I‑94 at Montana state line
  US 85 in Belfield
I‑194/Bismarck Expressway in Mandan
US 83 in Bismarck
US 83 near Sterling
US 52 / US 281 in Jamestown
US 10 in West Fargo
I‑29 in Fargo
US 81 in Fargo
East end: I-94 / US 52 at Minnesota state line
Highway system

North Dakota Highways

ND 91 ND 97

Interstate 94 runs east–west through the central portion of the U.S. state of North Dakota.

Route description[edit]

The route enters from Montana at Beach and immediately heads east, passing Dickinson, Bismarck, and Jamestown before entering Fargo and finally exiting the state.

The route passes to the south of Theodore Roosevelt National Park's southern unit. Access to the Northern unit is possible by taking US 85 north from Belfield.

The route crosses from Mountain Time Zone (UTC-7) into Central Time Zone (UTC-6) at the Stark/Morton County line and vice versa.

The route has a 75 miles per hour (121 km/h) posted speed limit between the Montana state line and Mandan near mile marker 152; a 60 miles per hour (97 km/h) posted speed limit between Mandan near mile marker 152 and Bismarck mile marker 160; a 75 miles per hour (121 km/h) posted speed limit between Bismarck at mile marker 160 and West Fargo near exit 346; a 65 miles per hour (105 km/h) posted speed limit in West Fargo between exit 346 and mile marker 347; and a 55 miles per hour (89 km/h) posted speed limit between West Fargo at mile marker 347 to the Minnesota state line.

Interstate 94 has two lanes in each direction through most of the state and 3 lanes in each direction in the Bismarck/Mandan area, from Exit 155 to Exit 156, and from the 45th Street exit (Exit 348) to the Red River (Minnesota state line) in Fargo.

Points of interest[edit]

The route enters at Beach and passes through the Badlands near Medora (near the Theodore Roosevelt National Park (South Unit)). A public rest area about seven miles (11 km) east of Medora provides an awe-inspiring view, especially at sunset, and an opportunity to hike through some of the scenery on the Painted Canyon Trail. Further east, I-94 provides access to the North Unit of Theodore Roosevelt National Park, then passes through the cities of Dickinson, Mandan, Bismarck, Jamestown, and Valley City on the way to West Fargo and Fargo, where it leaves the state and crosses into Minnesota. Throughout the state, the route generally travels relatively straight east and west following both the railroad route and the former route of US 10 (called "The Old Red Trail" or less commonly "The National Parks Trail"), where its western terminus is at Exit 343 in West Fargo.

The highway intersects with the Enchanted Highway 11 miles east of Dickinson at Exit 72. (The small green mile signs on the side of the road initialize at zero on the Montana border). At New Salem, it passes Salem Sue, a 38 foot high sculpture of a Holstein cow and is clearly visible from I-94 on the south side of the road. A drive up the road to Sue will take you to a vantage point where you can see a panoramic landscape for many miles. Between Mandan and Bismarck, I-94 crosses the Missouri River with a view of the Northern Pacific/BNSF Railroad Bridge on the South side of the road. At Steele, it passes the world's largest sculpture of a sand hill crane (named Sandy), which is 40 feet tall and visible from I-94 on the south side of the road, just to the east of exit 200. At Jamestown, it passes the world's largest sculpture of a buffalo (actually bison) named "Dakota Thunder", which is 28 feet tall and is visible from I-94 on the north side of the road.

At approximately mile marker 275 on the westbound lanes between Jamestown and Valley City, you will see a small green sign marking a continental divide. The rivers that are west of this divide flow South into the Atlantic Ocean at the Gulf of Mexico, while the rivers that are east of the divide flow North into the Arctic Ocean. The James River, that flows through Jamestown, feeds into the Atlantic Ocean, while the Sheyenne River, that flows through Valley City (36 miles east of Jamestown), feeds into the Arctic Ocean. The terrain at the divide is almost indistinguishable from the surrounding terrain, but it allows travelers to reflect upon an interesting aspect of the geography of North Dakota. (The sign on the eastbound lanes was taken down and the North Dakota DOT decided not to replace "Continental Divide" signs.)

Continental Divide Sign on I-94 West in North Dakota

History[edit]

East bound on Interstate 94, the main highway east–west through North Dakota.[2]
  • Through the state, Interstate 94 follows the route once taken by U.S. Highway 10 west from Fargo. This route was originally called "The Old Red Trail". Prairie Public Television in North Dakota produced a documentary about this road and the building of I-94 through the state.

Interstate 94 roughly follows a BNSF Railway (formerly the Northern Pacific Railway) route across North Dakota.

Interstate 94 roughly parallels another North Dakota four-lane highway, US 2, which is approximately 100 miles to the north.

Spur routes[edit]

  • I-194—a short spur route into Bismarck (Bismarck Expressway); unsigned


Exit list[edit]

County Location Mile[3] km Exit Destinations Notes
Golden Valley   0.000 0.000 I‑94 west Continuation into Montana
Beach 1.849 2.976 1 ND 16 – Beach Rest area just south of exit
  7.368 11.858 7 Home on the Range
  10.478 16.863 10 Camel Hump Lake, Sentinel Butte
  18.452 29.696 18 Buffalo Gap
Billings   23.001 37.017 23 West River Road Eastbound exit and westbound entrance
  24.315 39.131 24 I‑94 Bus. east – Theodore Roosevelt National Park, Medora
  27.243 43.843 27 I‑94 Bus. west – Theodore Roosevelt National Park, Medora Westbound exit and eastbound entrance
  32.963 53.049 32 Painted Canyon Visitor Center
  36.861 59.322 36 Fryburg
Stark Belfield 42.366 68.181 42 US 85 – Watford City, Belfield To North Unit of Theodore Roosevelt National Park Future junction with the Theodore Roosevelt Expressway
  51.476 82.843 51 South Heart
Dickinson 59.485 95.732 59 I‑94 Bus. east – Dickinson To Dickinson State University
61.476 98.936 61 ND 22 – Killdeer, Dickinson
64.204 103.326 64 I‑94 Bus. west – Dickinson
  Former rest area[4]
  72.253 116.280 72 Gladstone, Lefor Enchanted Highway exit
  78.901 126.979 78 Taylor
  84.885 136.609 84 ND 8 – Richardton, Mott
  90.110 145.018 90 (no name)
Morton   97.188 156.409 97 Hebron
  102.914 165.624 102 Glen Ullin, Hebron Half-cloverleaf exit
  108.354 174.379 108 Glen Ullin
  110.367 177.618 110 ND 49 – Beulah, Glen Ullin
  113.389 182.482 113 (no name)
  117.197 188.610 117 (no name)
  120.204 193.450 120 (no name)
  123.200 198.271 123 Almont
New Salem 127.662 205.452 127 ND 31 north – Hazen, New Salem
  134.115 215.837 134 Sweet Briar Lake, Judson Scenic View just east of exit on westbound side
  140.118 225.498 140 Crown Butte Dam
  147.183 236.868 147 ND 25 / I‑94 Bus. east to ND 6 – Center, Mandan
Mandan 152.329 245.150 152 Sunset Drive – Mandan Scenic View just west of exit on eastbound side
153.988 247.820 153 ND 1806 (Mandan Avenue)
155.026 249.490 155 To I‑94 Bus. / ND 6 – Mandan City Center Westbound exit and eastbound entrance
156.069 251.169 156 To I‑94 Bus. / Bismarck Expressway (I-194) – Bismarck City Center, West Bismarck, East Mandan
Missouri River Grant Marsh Bridge
Burleigh Bismarck 157.344 253.221 157 Divide Avenue Modified half-cloverleaf interchange
159.419 256.560 159 US 83 north (ND 1804) – Minot, Bismarck West end of US 83 overlap, North Dakota State Capitol
161.439 259.811 161 Bismarck Expressway (I-94 Bus. west) – Lincoln
  170.519 274.424 170 Menoken
  176.501 284.051 176 McKenzie
  182.488 293.686 182 US 83 south / ND 14 north – Wing, Sterling East end of US 83 overlap
  190.110 305.952 190 Driscoll
Kidder   195.090 313.967 195 (no name)
Steele 200.760 323.092 200 ND 3 north – Tuttle, Steele West end of ND 3 overlap
  205.071 330.030 205 Robinson
Dawson 208.702 335.873 208 ND 3 south – Dawson East end of ND 3 overlap
Tappen 214.126 344.602 214 Tappen
  217.145 349.461 217 Pettibone
  221.733 356.845 221 Crystal Springs
Stutsman   228.321 367.447 228 ND 30 south – Streeter
  230.288 370.613 230 Medina, Woodworth
  233.343 375.529 233 (no name)
Cleveland 238.793 384.300 238 Cleveland, Gackle
  242.672 390.543 242 Windsor
  245.191 394.597 245 (no name)
  248.991 400.712 248 (no name)
  251.686 405.049 251 Eldridge
  256.224 412.353 256
US 52 Truck west / US 281 Truck north
West end of US 52 Truck/US 281 Truck overlap
Jamestown 257.002 413.605 257 I‑94 Bus. east – Jamestown Eastbound exit and westbound entrance; left exit
258.055 415.299 258 US 52 west / US 281 – Jamestown East end of US 52/US 281 Truck Bypass overlap; west end of US 52 overlap
260.125 418.631 260 I‑94 Bus. west – Jamestown
  262.361 422.229 262 Jamestown Regional Airport, Bloom
  269.355 433.485 269 Spiritwood
Barnes   272.369 438.335 272 (no name)
  276.385 444.799 276 Eckelson, Marion
  281.640 453.256 281 Sanborn
  283.139 455.668 283 ND 1 north – Rogers West end of ND 1 overlap
  288.636 464.515 288 ND 1 south – Verona, Oakes East end of ND 1 overlap
Valley City 290.803 468.002 290 I‑94 Bus. east – Valley City
292.072 470.044 292 Valley City
294.283 473.603 294 I‑94 Bus. west – Valley City
  296.741 477.558 296 (no name)
  298.746 480.785 298 (no name)
Oriska 302.712 487.168 302 ND 32 – Oriska, Fingal
Tower City 307.679 495.161 307 Tower City
Cass   310.456 499.631 310 (no name)
  314.863 506.723 314 ND 38 – Buffalo, Alice
  317.846 511.524 317 Ayr
  320.837 516.337 320 Embden
  322.827 519.540 322 Absaraka
  324.821 522.749 324 Wheatland, Chaffee
  328.710 529.007 328 Lynchburg
Casselton 331.226 533.057 331 ND 18 – Casselton, Leonard
Mapleton 338.737 545.144 338 Mapleton
  340.717 548.331 340 Kindred
  342.721 551.556 342 (no name)
West Fargo 343.803 553.297 343 US 10 / I‑94 Bus. east – West Fargo, Fargo
346.442 557.544 346 Sheyenne Street Signed as exits 346A (south) and 346B (north) westbound
347.786 559.707 347 Veterans Boulevard, 9th Street East Signed as 9th Street East north of I-94 and Veterans Boulevard south of I-94
Fargo 348.481 560.826 348 45th Street
349.584 562.601 349 I‑29 / US 81 – Grand Forks, Sioux Falls Signed as exits 349A (south) and 349B (north)
350.586 564.213 350 25th Street
351.590 565.829 351
US 81 Bus. (University Drive) – Downtown Fargo
352.39 567.12 I-94 east / US 52 east Continuation into Minnesota
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

References[edit]

Route map: Google / Bing

External links[edit]


Interstate 94
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Montana
North Dakota Next state:
Minnesota