The Minot Area Development Corporation (MADC) was asked to help lead a coalition to four lane US Highway 52 (HWY 52) from the Canadian border at Portal to Jamestown. MADC has joined several other communities to support this coalition, which if successful, will alleviate traffic congestion, increase motorist safety, and improve commerce within the state and internationally. MADC met with Governor Burgum on March 3rd to express the importance of four laning HWY 52.
MADC Chair, Jim Montgomery explains, “We had a great meeting with Gov. Doug Burgum and Ron Rauschenberger, senior advisor. Rauschenberger, who’s from Kenmare, was very familiar with the importance of four laning HWY 52, he even shared insights on how HWY 2 was 4 laned. Our group discussed how HWY 52 joins together the vast majority of agriculture plants across the state, including ethanol, potato, soybean, sunflower, and other key plants that are significant to the state of North Dakota. With Canada four laning their highway, it only makes sense to have four lane traffic entering on a four laned HWY 52. As far as the next steps for the coalition, we will see what happens with legislature in the next few weeks and hopefully we can begin to lay out a plan to four lane Highway 52. We appreciated the opportunity to meet with the new Governor and were very pleased with the conversations that took place during our meeting.” Click here to read more.