Maintaining roads is big issue in Oil Patch

Not surprisingly, maintaining a good road system is one of the biggest challenges facing McKenzie County, N.D., in the heart of the oil-producing Bakken region.

Oil trucks and other vehicles travel more than 37 million miles a years on McKenzie County roads, which also are exposed to the sometimes harsh weather conditions of the Upper Midwest.

Trying to maintain and improve busy roads is a problem, for sure, but it’s a nice problem to have. Well-worn roads reflect the astonishing level of economic growth that continues to unfold in McKenzie County and the Watford City area.

Dealing with growth certainly is preferable to having to close roads because of a lack of traffic or resources, which is a problem in some rural areas of the United States.
Hegg Companies Inc. is among the companies doing business in the McKenzie County, so we understand the challenges that public officials in the region face.

Ronald Anderson, chairman of the McKenzie County Commission, talks about the challenge of maintaining a good roadway system and other growth issues in the latest edition of The Hegg Bakken Report, a weekly podcast featuring news from the Bakken. Current and past podcasts can be accessed at or through Facebook.

Anderson has served on the McKenzie County Commission since 1999, so he has had a front-row seat to growth in the area. He’s worth hearing.