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Highway 85 between Watford City and Williston this summer will lead to converting the highway to a four- lane.

fi cked in the oil patch and a $40 million project last summer widened the highway on that stretch and im- proved safety by adding passing intervals in both direc- tions. Gov. Jack Dalrymple said the four-lane project re-

quires an additional environmental document. He said the state Department of Transportation is

completing a separate environmental document for the Federal Highway Administration in order to build a new Little Missouri River bridge on Highway 85 south of Watford City. The bridge has been reduced to one- lane traffi c ever since an over-height truck damaged the top support metal girders. “The Department of Transportation will keep to an

The 42 miles of highway are some of the most traf- The state’s plan to extend the passing lanes on U.S.

Thursday, April 5, 2012 ■ Page 5 Construction full speed ahead in oil patch

aggressive timeline again this year for road improve- ment projects in western North Dakota and through- out the state,” Dalrymple said. “The state is providing unprecedented funding for infrastructure improve- ments and we are committed to meeting the demands that come with rapid growth.” Other projects planned in the oil patch this sum-

Highway 2 north of Williston to the U.S. Highway 85 junction and east of Ray. ■ Widening and adding passing and turning lanes


to N.D. Highway 23, east of New Town to N.D. 37. ■ Expanding N.D. Highway 22 north of Dickinson

mer: ■ Rebuilding and additional road repairs to U.S.

to the county line. ■ Adding turn lanes and passing lanes to N.D. High-

way 22, 12 miles north of Killdeer to Lost Bridge. ■ Widening and adding passing and turning lanes to N.D. Highway 22, from N.D. 73 to N.D. 23.

truck-reliever routes. ■ Rebuilding U.S. Highway 85 through Alexander

and continuing environmental work for truck bypass. Future projects under consideration include build- ing additional truck-reliever routes for the cities of Dickinson, New Town and Watford City.

■ Developing Williston’s temporary and permanent

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