North Dakota Highway 17

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North Dakota Highway 17 marker

North Dakota Highway 17
Route information
Maintained by NDDOT
Length: 139 mi[1] (224 km)
Existed: 1939 – present
Major junctions
West end: ND 3 near Barton
  US 281 in Cando
US 81 in Grafton
I-29 near Drayton
East end: MN 317 at the Minnesota border
Counties: Pierce, Towner, Ramsey, Walsh
Highway system
  • North Dakota State Highways
ND 16 ND 18

North Dakota Highway 17 (ND 17) is an east–west highway stretching from just east of Barton to the Minnesota border at the Red River of the North. It is 139 miles in length and its alignment was established in 1939.

Route description[edit]

North Dakota Highway 17 begins at an intersection with ND 3 and ND 60 east of Barton in Pierce County. It heads east for fifteen miles before entering the small community of Wolford. Ten miles farther east, the highway enters Towner County. Thirteen miles east of the county line, the route intersects US 281 and enters the city of Cando. Eleven miles east of Cando, the road enters Ramsey County. Four miles east, ND 17 begins a four-mile concurrency with ND 20. After heading south for two miles, the concurrency reaches Starkweather. Two miles farther south, the concurrency with ND 20 ends. ND 17 heads east for twenty miles and enters Edmore. Three miles east of Edmore, the highway intersects ND 1. Three more miles east, the route enters Walsh County. Nine miles east of the county line, ND 17 serves as the northern terminus of ND 35. Two miles east of this intersection, the route enters Adams. The route heads ten miles east and intersects ND 32. Five miles east, the road enters the city of Park River. After heading east for six miles, ND 17 heads north for a mile during a short concurrency with ND 18. About nine miles east of the concurrency, the route enters the city of Grafton. In central Grafton, ND 17 forms a very short concurrency with US 81 which remains inside the city limits. Ten miles east of Grafton, the highway shares an interchange with Interstate 29. The highway then heads east for a mile and a half more before crossing the Red River of the North and entering Marshall County, Minnesota. The highway is continued farther east as Minnesota State Highway 317.


The first alignment of North Dakota Highway 17 was put into place in 1939, like many other state highways. The alignment passed through Grafton on 5th Street, taking a northern route through the city. In either the late 1950s or the early 1960s, state officials modified the route to take 12th Street through Grafton, a more southern route. Besides that, ND 17 has remained in its original alignment.

Major intersections[edit]

County Location mi[1] km Destinations Notes
Pierce 0.000 0.000 ND 3 / ND 60 west – Dunseith, Rugby Western terminus
Towner Cando 38.476 61.921 US 281 – Rolla, Church's Ferry
Ramsey 53.440 86.003 ND 20 north – Munich Northern end of ND 20 concurrency
58.439 94.048 ND 20 south – Devils Lake Southern end of ND 20 concurrency
82.122 132.163 ND 1 – Langdon, Lakota
Walsh 94.126 151.481 ND 35 south – Michigan Northern terminus of ND 35
106.314 171.096 ND 32 – Edinburg, Petersburg
117.243 188.684 ND 18 south – Larimore Southern end of ND 18 concurrency
118.119 190.094 ND 18 north – Cavalier Northern end of ND 18 concurrency
Grafton 127.738 205.574 US 81 north – St. Thomas Western end of US 81 concurrency
127.896 205.829 US 81 south – Minto Eastern end of US 81 concurrency
137.911 221.946 I-29 – Drayton, Grand Forks I-29 exit 176
Marshall 140.372 225.907 MN 317 east Continuation into Minnesota
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi


Route map: Google

KML is from Wikidata
  1. ^ a b "Route and Mileage Map Insets" (PDF). North Dakota Department of Transportation. North Dakota Department of Transportation. Retrieved May 3, 2017.