Department of Transportation
The Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa operate and maintains a Department of Transportation Office, which serves as the dividion for road construction, and road infrastucture. The department works in cooperation with the county, state, and federal agencies on various road construction projects on and around the reservation. Each year, major road construction and maintenance projects are performed to maintain a quality road system; both are on-going tasks and mostly performed by tribal members. The tribe takes great pride in providing safe, accessible, and reliable roads to tribal members and the general public.
Road construction standards and specifications are strictly adhered to, to insure the highest quality and safest road available. Engineering standards and specifications must follow the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Offices (AASHTO), as well as, the Bureau of Indian Affairs Road Construction Manual (BIAM 5704) requirements. The tribe may choose to contract portions of a contract under Public Law 93-638 contracts, as amended. The following is a list of services typically contracted under P.L. 93-638:
Right of Way
Currently, the tribe has developed 183.3 miles of functional roads characterized by five principal data items: functional class, average daily traffic, surface type, pavement age, and surface rating.
The Turtle Mountain Reservation road system is divided into four major functional roadway classifications:
Class 2 - Collectors: Major or minor arterial roads connecting towns and cities.
Class 3 - Local Roads: Streets/roads whish are located within communities serving residential settings.
Class 4 - Rural Access Routes: Section line roads that collect traffic for the arterial type roads that connect roads to
Class 5 - Rural Residential: Non-vehicle type roads, i.e., bike trails, walking paths, etc.