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North Dakota officials are urging motorists to watch for orange cones as the state's 2017 road construction season begins.

Officials announced the start of the road construction season Wednesday. The North Dakota Department of Transportation has about 200 projects planned across the state, with $465 million of work taking place on highways.

Wayde Swenson, the department's director of operations, says staying safe in work zones "is the ultimate goal for workers and motorists alike."

Last year, motorists were involved in 157 crashes in work zones resulting in four deaths.

Some of the major projects this year include Interstate 94 through Bismarck-Mandan, state Highway 20 in Devils Lake, U.S. Highway 83 bridges over the Mouse River in Minot, state Highway 1804 from Williston to Epping and 32nd Avenue South in Fargo.

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