Landslides and shifting ground in May made State Highway 22 impassable north of Killdeer. Transportation Department officials say crews moved the road 600 feet to the west and gave it a temporary asphalt surface. Permanent repairs are planned next year.
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.
The heavily traveled road in western North Dakota's oil patch was shut down in mid-May by landslides. It was to reopen in mid-July after the completion of temporary bypasses but another landslide halted that plan.
The team is evaluating proposed designs for both a temporary bypass and a permanent repair. The team also is looking at other highways in the region, including U.S. 85 and N.D. 73 and 8.
, May 23, 2011
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