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Press Photo by Betsy Simon Traffic flows easily along Highway 85 near Interstate 94 at about 2:30 p.m. Saturday. Traffic on Highway 85 increased 124 percent last year, and now the North Dakota Department of Transportation wants to get a better understanding of traffic patterns in the Oil Patch.

Highway 85 west of Dickinson sees 124 percent increase

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The North Dakota Department of Transportation wants to get a better understanding of traffic patterns in the Oil Patch, officials said Friday, especially after finding out traffic on Highway 85 increased 124 percent last year.

"The traffic volumes in western North Dakota have historically been much less than eastern North Dakota," said Jack Olson, assistant director of the DOT's planning/asset management division. "Over the last few years, they have been increasing."

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