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Traffic engineers solve problems


Every city in KOTA Territory has its own transportation problem spots. In Rapid City, one of the busiest and deadliest streets is the six-lane Omaha Street. It is the product of a lot of engineering to deal with all the traffic concerns.

Imagine this traffic or more on a two lane road in the rural North Dakota oil patch!

Wayne Zacher is with the North Dakota Department of Transportation. He says, "It's a perfect storm--young drivers. In North Dakota, we say the weather changes every 15 minutes. It's that. It's the impatient drivers. It's the number of trucks up there. There is zero room for error."

Zacher spent the lunch hour Monday, speaking to a convention of transportation experts at the Rushmore Plaza Civic Center. It is the first-ever joint meeting of the Western and Midwestern Districts of the Institute of Traffic Engineers, some 500 people from 24 states. They are learning about the transportation needs and concerns in booming western North Dakota .

The group is constantly challenged with meeting the needs of motorists, bicyclists and pedestrians. Safety is the top concern. The convention and trade show continue until Wednesday.

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