New road signs welcome travelers to North Dakota | State and regional
The staff of the Tribune Bismarck
The North Dakota Department of Transportation has started replacing welcome signs statewide.
The design features the new state logo and includes the first photo background used on a North Dakota welcome sign. The photo is a Badlands scene taken at Wind Canyon in the southern unit of Theodore Roosevelt National Park.
“We are very proud of our state, and these welcome signs are part of the first impression of visitors to North Dakota,” Transportation Director Bill Panos said in a statement. “The signs will give travelers a new look and better represent the spirit of North Dakota.”
Dakota Fence Co. was awarded a state contract for $ 28,900 for the signaling effort. The money comes from the transportation department’s existing budget, according to spokesman David Finley.
The first sign was replaced Wednesday on Interstate 94 at the Montana border near Beach. The remaining four panels will be replaced over the next few weeks. The top five locations for the main entrance signs include:
- I-94 at the Montana border
- US 2 at the Montana border
- I-94 at the Minnesota border
- I-29 at the South Dakota border
- I-29 at the Canadian border
Plans to replace all signs at entry points on national roads are underway and should be in place by fall 2021.