Located on the north side of a bend in the Missouri River, Williston is one of the larger cities in the center of the oil boom in North Dakota. The city’s population has more than doubled since the 2000 census.
While pad drilling reduced the impact of necessary infrastructure, more roads are still needed when urban areas expand. A prominent four-lane highway now loops around Williston’s west side—Highway 85.
Just to the northwest of where that new highway curves, a new, larger airport was built to meet the needs of the rapidly growing city. Williston Basin International Airport opened in 2019.