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Officials open both lanes for South Heart exit bridge

SOUTH HEART — The bridge over the South Heart exit of Interstate 94 has been completely reopened, according the North Dakota Department of Transportation.

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The bridge on 121st Avenue Southwest was closed from Monday evening until Tuesday afternoon after it was hit by material on the back of a semi truck’s trailer, according to North Dakota Highway Patrol. The DOT was evaluating the bridge for structural damage.

Travel on the bridge was briefly reduced to a single lane, according to the DOT. Both lanes reopened at approximately 2 p.m.

The material being hauled on the semi truck’s trailer struck the bridge at about 4:37 p.m., according to the Highway Patrol. No further information on the accident has been made available.

Exit 51, which is north of South Heart, is the lone interstate exit into the city.

Dustin Monke

Monke came to The Dickinson Press in July 2006 as the newspaper's sports editor and was hired as its managing editor in March 2013. During his tenure at The Press, Monke has won multiple awards for sports reporting, feature reporting, column writing, page design and photography. He was a key part of The Press winning the North Dakota Newspaper Association's General Excellence and Sweepstakes awards in 2009 and 2012, and oversaw The Press' Sweepstakes and General Excellence wins in 2014, as well as its national first-place honors for Community Leadership in the Inland Daily Press Association and contributed to the first-place Inland award for Investigative Reporting. As the newspaper's editor, he writes an occasional Sunday column, is a member of The Press' Editorial Board, contributes feature stories and breaking news, designs pages, and oversees the day-to-day operations of the newsroom and editorial staff. In his free time, he enjoys watching sports and action movies, exercises whenever his schedule allows, and spends every minute he can with his wife and son.

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