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UGPTI Transportation Liaison Staff Added in ND Oil Patch

Posted: Sep 25, 2020

Pictured: Matthew Johnson (left), Ed Ryen (right)Two transportation experts were recently added to the staff of NDSU's Upper Great Plains Transportation Institute to assist with local transportation planning and investments in Dunn, McKenzie, and Williams Counties and with the Mandan Hidatasa Arikara Nation. Matthew Johnson and Ed Ryen will be located in Williston and affiliated with UGPTI's ND Local Technical Assistance Program in Bismarck.

Matthew Johnson is the Western ND Transportation Liaison. He has more than 26 years of experience in the transportation industry, serving as a project engineer with Wold Engineering in Bottineau. He operated his own construction engineering firm, MJ Consulting from 2018 to 2020. Johnson will help local officials plan and enhance their regional efforts and transportation investments.

Ed Ryen is the Western Transportation Liaison. He has more than 40 years in transportation engineering, bringing valuable knowledge in construction, bridge inspections, planning, emergency operations and highway technology. In his role he will assist in further implementation of the Wise Road Weather station and the Toward 365 project. He will also assist with project and regional planning, help with the Geographic Roadway Inventory Tool (GRIT) data entry, and share best practices with local governments in the region.

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