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Partial closure of U.S. 85 near Watford City, N.D., shouldn’t have big impact

March 21, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

Neither law enforcement officials nor energy company representatives expect big problems from the partial closure of a major north-south route in western North Dakota’s oil patch. Continue Reading

Portion of U.S. 85 near Watford City, N.D., closed after damage to bridge

March 19, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

Transportation officials say the Long X Bridge along U.S. Highway 85 about 14 miles south of Watford City was struck and damaged by an over-height load. The highway was closed Sunday night. Continue Reading

S.D. stretch of U.S. 85 feels impact of western N.D. oil boom

March 2, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

Transportation officials say traffic on U.S. Highway 85 in January increased by one-third. Increased truck traffic has led to more accidents, speeding tickets and drunken driving arrests, officials say.
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Crude preparation: SD looks at oil boom’s pros, cons

February 3, 2012 in The Dickinson Press

BELLE FOURCHE, S.D. (AP) North Dakota’s oil boom brings with it tremendous wealth and enormous problems and both are coming to South Dakota, industry experts say.
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Landslide problems plague western N.D.’s Highway 22, frustrate detoured drivers

August 9, 2011 in Grand Forks Herald

Hundreds of drivers if not thousands, with oil truck traffic -_will continue to be routed around a very lengthy detour over to U.S. Highway 85 through Watford City, N.D., for at least five more months. Continue Reading

Construction begins today on US Highway 85

June 2, 2011 in The Dickinson Press

Construction will begin on Friday, June 3, on US Highway 85 beginning one mile south of Fairfield continuing north to Grassy Butte. Construction consists of roadway overlay and construction of a turn lane, according to a North Dakota Department of Transportation press release. Continue Reading