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Our view: Create 4-lane Highway 85 sooner rather than later

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Six years ago, the idea of making U.S. Highway 85 into a four-lane road from the Canadian border to Spearfish, S.D., was first pitched as the Theodore Roosevelt Expressway by the Port-to-Plains Alliance.

Back then, the western North Dakota oil boom was but a twinkle in the eyes of speculators and the impression was that this side of the state was withering away and we needed a shot in the arm like a four-lane highway in the west to help bolster the economy.

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