North Dakota Highway 23

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North Dakota Highway 23 marker

North Dakota Highway 23
Route information
Maintained by NDDOT
Length 122.581 mi[1] (197.275 km)
Existed before 1940 – present
Major junctions
West end US 85 / ND 200 near Watford City
  US 83 near Max
East end ND 41 near Velva
Counties McKenzie, Mountrail, Ward, McHenry
Highway system
  • North Dakota State Highways
ND 22 ND 24

North Dakota Highway 23 (ND 23) is an east–west highway in northwestern North Dakota. The highway runs 123 miles (198 km) between its eastern terminus at ND 41 near Velva, and its western terminus at US 85 in Watford City.

The only cities that ND 23 runs directly through are New Town and Watford City. It also runs through the unincorporated community of Keene. Other cities near the route include Makoti, Parshall, Plaza, Ryder, and Velva. Minot is 16 miles (26 km) north of the highway at its intersection with US 83.

Route description[edit]

North Dakota Highway 23 has its western terminus at a junction with US 85 and ND 200 in Watford City. The route runs north for less than a mile, then east outside of the city limits. After leaving Watford City, the route intersects with the first section of ND 1806, to which it serves as the southern terminus. The route then turns due north for about six miles at an intersection with ND 73. ND 23 then runs north through the small community of Keene. After turning eastward once more, the route shares another intersection with ND 1806 serving as the southern terminus of its second section. ND 23 intersects with ND 22 before leaving McKenzie County and entering Mountrail County by crossing Lake Sakakawea on the Four Bears Bridge.[2]

Just after entering Mountrail County, ND 23 has a junction with ND 1804 in New Town. This is the western end of a concurrency with ND 1804 in which ND 1804 is unsigned. Heading eastward seven more miles, the route serves as the southern terminus of ND 8. Just north of Parshall the route serves as the northern terminus of ND 37. This junction is also the eastern end of the route's concurrency with ND 1804. The route then runs three miles south of Plaza before entering Ward County.[2]

Two miles east of the county line, ND 23 runs just north of Makoti. The highway then serves as the northern terminus of ND 28, a short route that connects ND 23 to the small city of Ryder. Ten miles north of Max and sixteen miles south of Minot, ND 23 intersects US 83 before entering McHenry County. In McHenry County the highway travels east for about fifteen miles before meeting its eastern terminus south of Velva at ND 41.[2]

Major intersections[edit]

County Location mi[1] km Destinations Notes
McKenzie 0.000 0.000
US 85 / US 85 Bus. north / ND 200 – Williston, Belfield, Killdeer
Western terminus; southern terminus of US 85 Bus.
0.533 0.858
US 85 Bus. north (Main Street) – Watford City
Northern end of US 85 Bus. concurrency
3.701 5.956 ND 1806 north Southern terminus of segment of ND 1806
16.397 26.388 ND 73 east Western terminus of ND 73
31.339 50.435 ND 1806 north (107th Avenue NW) Southern terminus of segment of ND 1806
38.209 61.491 ND 22 south – Mandaree, Killdeer, Dickinson Northern terminus of ND 22
Mountrail New Town 49.420 79.534 ND 1804 north – Williston Western end of ND 1804 concurrency
51.446 82.794 ND 23B west Southern terminus of ND 23B
56.405 90.775 ND 8 north – Stanley Southern terminus of ND 8
66.370 106.812 ND 37 east / ND 1804 south – Parshall, Garrison Western terminus of ND 37
Eastern end of ND 1804 concurrency
Ward 87.261 140.433 ND 28 south (254th Street SW) – Ryder Northern terminus of ND 28
105.517 169.813 US 83 – Bismarck, Minot
McHenry 122.581 197.275 ND 41 – Ruso, Velva
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi


  1. ^ a b Cartography Section, Planning/Asset Management Section (2015). Route and Mileage Map (PDF) (Map). c. 1:1,900,800. Bismarck: North Dakota Department of Transportation. Retrieved July 18, 2016. 
  2. ^ a b c "Google Maps". 

Route map: Google

KML is from Wikidata

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