BISMARCK - North Dakota lawmakers have approved the state's Department of Transportation budget that includes the closure of eight maintenance shops.
Language worked out in conference committee allows DOT maintenance shops in Courtenay, Fessenden, Finley, Gackle, Litchville, Mayville and New England to be leased to local governments in lieu of being closed. It allows the snowplows stored at those locations to be turned over to local governing bodies.
Under the bill, if a DOT employee continues to live in a city with a closed shop but works at another shop, they would be allowed to park a snowplow at their place of residence from November through March or when a major winter storm has been forecast.
The state Senate passed the compromise language on Tuesday by a vote of 44-1. It passed in the House Wednesday morning on a vote of 53-40. It now heads to Gov. Doug Burgum for his consideration.