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State offi cials delay reopening of U.S. Highway 85 bridge
The Long X bridge south of Watford City will remain closed temporarily due
to equipment problems while it is being repaired, the state Transportation De- partment says. The bridge, about 14 miles south of Watford City along U.S. Highway 85, was
closed Sunday night after it was damaged by a load that was too high, offi cials said. They had planned to reopen it today and reduce traffi c to one lane while it was repaired. But later Monday, a statement from the Transportation Department said re- opening was being delayed “due to equipment problems as clean up on the bridge is taking place.” U.S. 85 is a major north-south route through western North Dakota’s oil
patch. The Transportation Department said no detours are posted but drivers must
use an alternate route, and truck drivers are reminded of load restrictions. — Nick Smith
Oil shippers get more time on ND-Minn. pipeline DURANGO, Colo. (AP) — A Colorado company is giving oil shippers more
time to contract for capacity on its proposed High Prairie Pipeline from North Dakota to Minnesota. The original deadline to make a commitment was March 9, but Durango-based
Saddle Butte Pipeline LLC said March 14 it is extending the deadline to April 5 at the request of shippers. The roughly 450-mile, 16-inch-diameter pipeline would begin north of Alex- ander, N.D., and end near Clearbrook, Minn.
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Brazil says new Chevron oil leak off coast SAO PAULO (AP) — Oil has started leaking again from cracks on the ocean
fl oor near an offshore Chevron well where at least 110,000 gallons spilled late last year, Brazil’s oil regulator said March 15. The size of the new leak, which is ongoing, is unknown, said a spokeswoman
with Brazil’s National Petroleum Agency, known as ANP. She said the leak was detected because an oil slick appeared on the ocean surface. Chevron confi rmed in a statement that there was a “small new oil seepage” and that it was working to collect the crude. The company didn’t estimate the leak’s size.
Spring load limits taking effect in Dakotas
With spring in the Dakotas comes load restrictions on roads. The weight restrictions guard against damage to roads made susceptible by
the spring thaw. They’re lifted when roadbeds have stabilized enough to handle normal traffi c. North Dakota transportation offi cials said load restrictions are in effect on all
state and U.S. highways effective the morning of March 14. Many highways in South Dakota will be affected beginning this morning. Some cities also have put restrictions in place, including West Fargo in North Dakota and Aberdeen in South Dakota.
— Associated Press
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