Welcome to the North Dakota Highways Page! Settle in as we discover the roads of North Dakota.
Interstate Highway System
North Dakota has two multi-state Interstate highways. I-94 is the west-east interstate, running across the southern third of the state. I-94 has an unmarked spur going into the Bismarck/Mandan area (I-194). I-29 runs along the eastern edge of North Dakota. North Dakota makes use of the "Business" Interstate routes as well, in towns along I-94.
U.S. Highway System
Several U.S. highways pass through North Dakota as well. The east-west routes are US-52, US-2, US-10, and US-12 (in order from north to south). The north-south routes are US-85, US-83, US-281, US-81, and historical US-59 (in order from west to east).
State Highway System
Many of North Dakota's state highways have used the same numbers since they were designated in the 1920's and 1930's. Most routes use 1 or 2 digit numbers; the 3-digit route numbers are typically short spurs, with the exception of the multi-state highway 200. There seems to be no specific pattern as to the designation numbers for east-west routes or north-south routes.
Bureau of Indian Affairs Highway System
The Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) has highway systems in the Indian Reservations of North Dakota.
My sources of North Dakota highway information:
1931 U.S. highway map from the National Map Company.
Skelly Oil 1939 map of North and South Dakota.
1939 Texaco Touring Map of North Dakota.
1950's era D-X Oil map of North and South Dakota.
1963 and 1965 Standard Oil Map of North Dakota.
Hammond's World Atlas, Volume 2 (U.S. maps) from 1969.
1971 Standard Oil map of North and South Dakota.
Rand McNally road atlases from 1940, 1950, 1975, 1980, and 1987 through 2003.
1999, 2000 and 2001 National Geographic Atlas.
1998 North Dakota DeLorme Atlas and Gazeteer.
State highway maps from 1959, 1963, 1965, 1987, and 2002.
I'd appreciate any other information that you may have; feel free to E-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The following pages are the most current listings of Interstate, U.S., state, and BIA highways that I have. These include historical highways (no longer exist, or have been significantly relocated from the original alignment) and details on each particular road.
Research on U.S. highway history has been aided by Robert Droz and his US Highway History website. While I made some of the sign graphics on my own, the Interstate, historical US, and current state shields were generated through David Kendrick's "Shields Up!" page. Also, thanks to Ryan Fischer and Ed Wilson, who have provided historical and current information on some of the highways in the state.