Another landslide leads to delayThe opening of a Highway 22 bypass north of Killdeer has once again been delayed.
The opening of a Highway 22 bypass north of Killdeer has once again been delayed.
The North Dakota Department of Transportation had said a bypass around the north-south route would open last Friday, but a landslide Monday damaged the road putting work further behind. It is unclear when vehicles may once again be allowed on the road.
The highway had been closed since May when a landslide left it dangerous and impassable.
After talking to a DOT official about two weeks ago, The Press reported that the bypass would open last Friday.
“We deal with the weather and things like that but we had hoped to have it open this week at some point,” Public Information Specialist Jamie Olson said Wednesday about the first delay.
Crews had been working to construct the temporary bypass 18 miles north of Killdeer. However, wet conditions caused the embankment to shift near mile marker 125.
The DOT is evaluating the situation and engineers have visited the site.
“They have been there and are working out a plan,” Olson said.
More information will be released as soon as it becomes available, according to the DOT. Olson said the DOT should have more information on the plan within “a week or so.”