Highway 59 runs directly through Mahnomen. With a speed limit of 45 miles per hour and a lack of marked crossings, the highway creates both a perceived and physical barrier to destinations on the other side of the highway. Much of the development in Mahnomen is concentrated on the west side of Mahnomen including the city school, hospital, clinic, city hall and non-tribal housing. The east side of the highway is where the tribal college and housing is located. It was important to the county to make sure pedestrians and bicyclists can move across the highway safely and connect these two main city hubs and populations. Safe access and improved connectivity was created by adding multiple highly visible crossings along Highway 59.