Get To Know The North Dakota Interstate Highway Nobody Knows
Just about everybody who has spent some time in North Dakota or has lived here knows about Interstate 94 and Interstate 29.
I-94 cuts across the state from the Montana border through Dickinson, Bismarck, Jamestown and finally Fargo. From there it takes a southeast direction through Minnesota and eventually into Minneapolis-St. Paul, and then heads east across Wisconsin.
I-29 starts at the Canadian border and runs straight south through Grand Forks, Fargo, Wahpeton and continues through eastern South Dakota and beyond.
Oh, did you know that interstates that end with an odd number go North and South, interstates that end with an even number (you guessed it) move east and west. A little trivia nugget for you.
We only have two interstate highways in North Dakota correct?
That's what I thought living in North Dakota just about all my life. I-29 and I-94.
I was surprised when a co-worker pointed out to me shortly after I moved to Bismarck a couple years ago, that we have a 3rd interstate highway in the state. I was like, "Say what?" Yep, Interstate 194. So unknown, there's not even a sign erected for it. It is only three and a half miles long.
I-194 shows up on my navigation on my truck. Mic drop. Mind blown.
According to Interstate-Guide.com, I-194 I appeared as a full Interstate on the 1982 North Dakota Official Highway Map. It was omitted by the 2002 edition, but reappeared by 2007 as a business route. The 2015-16 map again showed I-194 with a tricolor shield, but with non-Interstate line work. Kind of confusing I know, but I urge you to check your navigation on your vehicle and see if it shows up like on mine.
I-194 runs from the bridge that goes over Memorial Highway in Mandan until reaches I-94 in Mandan.
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