U.S. Route 85 in North Dakota

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U.S. Highway 85 marker

U.S. Highway 85
CanAm Highway
Route information
Maintained by NDDOT
Length 255.063 mi[1] (410.484 km)
Existed 1926–present
Major junctions
South end US 85 at the South Dakota state line
North end Hwy 35 at Canada–US border at Fortuna, ND
Counties Bowman, Slope, Stark, Billings, McKenzie, Williams, Divide
Highway system
  • North Dakota State Highways
US 83 ND 89

U.S. Route 85 (US 85) is a part of the U.S. Highway System that travels from the Mexican border in El Paso, Texas, north to the Canadian border in Fortuna, North Dakota. In the state of North Dakota, US 85 travels from the South Dakota state line north to the Canadian border.

Route description

US 85 enters North Dakota in the southwest part of the state. The first city on its route is Bowman at the junction of US 12. Continuing north, it passes between North Dakota's two highest points, White Butte and Black Butte. Near Amidon US 85 heads east for nine miles (14 km) before going back north along the Little Missouri National Grassland for about 125 miles (201 km). Near Belfield it junctions with Interstate 94 (I-94). After running concurrently with North Dakota Highway 200 (ND 200), it eventually passes through part of the scenic Badlands, crosses the Little Missouri River and passes near the Theodore Roosevelt National Park (North Unit).

Then, at Watford City it travels west for 16 miles (26 km) where it turns back north before Alexander. US 85 continues north as ND 200 turns west toward Montana. South of Williston it crosses the Missouri River. The stretch from Watford City to Williston is in the process of being converted into an undivided four-lane highway, and it should be substantially completed in 2014.[needs update] A few miles later, it meets with US 2 where the two overlap for 19 miles (31 km) as an expressway that bypasses Williston to the northwest. After US 2 heads east, US 85 continues north to a concurrency with ND 5. From there it is seven miles (11 km) to Fortuna where US 85 heads back north for its remaining six miles (9.7 km) to the Canadian border.[1]

Major intersections

County Location mi[1] km Destinations Notes
Bowman 0.000 0.000 US 85 Continuation into South Dakota
Bowman 16.461 26.491 US 12 west Southern end of US 12 concurrency
17.265 27.785 US 12 east Northern end of US 12 concurrency
Slope 50.098 80.625 ND 21 east Western terminus of ND 21
Stark 75.762 121.927 I-94 I-94 exit 42
No major junctions
McKenzie Watford City 107.645 173.238 ND 200 Southern end of ND 200 concurrency
140.831 226.646
US 85 Bus. north / ND 23 east
Southern terminus of US 85 Bus., western terminus of ND 23
145.659 234.415
US 85 Bus. south
Northern terminus of US 85 Bus.
159.344 256.439 ND 68 west Eastern terminus of ND 68
Alexander 160.505 258.308
US 85 Bus. north
Southern terminus of US 85 Bus.
163.506 263.137
US 85 Bus. south
Northern terminus of US 85 Bus.
164.424 264.615 ND 200 west Northern end of ND 200 concurrency
Williams 183.743 295.706 US 2 west / ND 1804 north Southern end of US 2 and ND 1804 concurrency
Williston 186.747 300.540
US 2 Bus. east / ND 1804 south
Northern end of ND 1804 concurrency, western terminus of US 2 Bus.
189.207 304.499
US 2 Bus. west
Eastern terminus of US 2 Bus.
201.265 323.905 US 2 east Northern end of US 2 concurrency
216.995 349.220 ND 50
Divide 240.605 387.216 ND 5 east Southern end of ND 5 concurrency
248.670 400.196 ND 5 west Northern end of ND 5 concurrency
255.063 410.484 Hwy 35 Continues north as Hwy 35 at the Canada border
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi


  1. ^ a b c North Dakota Department of Transportation (2014). North Dakota Route and Mileage Map (PDF) (Map). Bismarck: North Dakota Department of Transportation. Retrieved August 30, 2018.
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