FARGO — Almost 97% of county residents taking a survey on the Cass County Engineer’s website said they favored raising the speed limit on 134 miles — or about one-third of paved county highways — from 55 mph to 65 mph.
The Cass County Commission could approve the changes as allowed by state law on the highways at its meeting on Monday, Oct. 19, or they could decide they want additional information, said County Engineer Jason Benson.
The issue has been discussed for a couple of years, Benson said.
If approved, Benson said they could start changing the signs yet this fall. He said the sign crew would likely need a month or so to make the changes in a phased-in effort.
A total of about 1,700 residents voted in the online survey as of Friday, Oct. 16, with 1,637 favoring the increase and only 55 opposed.
The roads that would be affected from the southern part of the county to the northern part include include:
- Cass County Highway 6 from North Dakota Highway 18 from Lynchburg to Cass County Highway 38 near Alicel
- Cass County Highway 38 from North Dakota Highway 46 near Enderlin north through Alice to Interstate 94.
- Cass County Highway 15 from Kindred north to I-94.
- Cass County Highway 10 from Wheatland east to Mapleton.
- Cass County Highway 11 from Mapleton north to Cass 4 near Argusville.
- Cass County Highway 4 from North Dakota Highway 38 near Ayr east to Argusville.
- Cass County Highway 26 from Barnes County east through Page to I-29 near Gardner.
Benson said speed limits would remain within city limits as they pass through towns.
He said the county has about 300 miles of paved roads, but some weren’t included this time because of sight problems, curves or maybe they were shorter paved sections between gravel roads. More could be added in the future, he said.
Gravel road speed limits will continue to be 55 mph. Three two-lane state highways in the county are already posted at 65 mph.