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Interstate 94 part 2


If you were listening yesterday, you heard about the stretch of I-94 between Valley City and Jamestown being opened for through traffic for the first time in 1958. Serving as a small preview of what would come, the opening of the highway was a big event. The new road was costly, but would be safer, easier to care for and would benefit economic development. Members of the National Guard from Jamestown and Valley City, as well as patrolmen, were out watching for any accidents…but the only issue seen was a motorcyclist with a flat tire.

However, the road closed after the ceremonial opening as contractors on this date worked on the finishing touches—with a projected finish sometime around November 1.

Dakota Datebook written by Sarah Walker


The Jamestown Sun, Thursday, Oct. 16, 1958

The Jamestown Sun, Friday, Oct. 17, 1958