There's a stretch of highway in Bismarck where apparently speed limits don't matter.

In fact, over the last several years I have never witnessed a vehicle pulled over for speeding and I drive it twice a day.

This is a stretch of roads where drivers really like to put the pedal to the metal.  Especially if you're driving westbound into Mandan.  It's not unusual to have motorists cruise by you going 80,90 or even faster.

The speed limit on this stretch of highway is 55 but you would never know it.

For some reason, there are no police, highway patrol, or sheriff departments that patrol this stretch of road.

Why?  I've been trying to figure this one out in my mind for quite a while and I do have a theory.  Because the shoulder of this road is very skinny.  There's also a steel rail that separates the east and westbound portions of this highway.  I believe law enforcement officers think it's too dangerous to pull people over.

Again, this is just a theory, and I know that the Bismarck Police Department at one time did indeed use this area as a speed trap.  They would have a squad car gun vehicles on nearby Riverwood Drive.  They would also have an unmarked vehicle on either the westbound or eastbound side of the road, and they would pull people over that way.

In case you haven't figured it out yet, I'm talking about the extreme western portion of the Bismarck Expressway.

This stretch is also known as Interstate 194.  It begins at the intersection of south Washington going west.

Here's a picture of Bismarck, North Dakota's version of the Autobahn.

Google Maps Screenshot
Google Maps Screenshot

The highway/interstate where speed limits are made up and laws don't matter.  The way some people drive, it can be a dangerous spot.  You have been warned.


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