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July Message from the Manager

Please make room for roadside crews

Jerry King

When the power goes out, so do Burke-Divide Electric Cooperative’s line crews. Lineworkers are the first to respond after an outage occurs, and they work tirelessly to restore power to the communities we serve.

If you’re traveling and see one of our crews on the side of the road, we kindly ask that you move over if possible and give them a little extra space to work. We deeply care about the safety of all, and this extra precaution ensures just that.

If you approach a crew while traveling on a two-lane road, moving over to the next lane might not be an option. In this case, we simply ask that you slow down when approaching roadside crews. If you approach a crew while traveling on a four-lane road, and safety and traffic conditions allow, we ask that you move over into the far lane.Move Over

Utility crews aren’t the only ones who could use the extra space. Emergency responders, such as police officers, firefighters and emergency medical technicians, often find themselves responding to emergency situations near busy roadways.

North Dakota has a “move-over” law.  According to the North Dakota Highway Patrol, the “move-over” law requires motorists to yield the right of way to authorized emergency vehicles and DOT maintenance vehicles displaying flashing, revolving, or rotating amber, blue, white, or red lights.  We ask that slow down and move over giving these folks room to do their work as well.

Let’s work together to keep everyone safe on our local roadways. There’s plenty of room for all.


Until next time,



Jerry King

General Manager

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