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Work begins on Watford City bypass

Construction work has begun on portions of Highway 85, officials said Thursday.

Workers are on the oilfield connector route four miles west of Watford City to begin work for the city’s truck bypass. The three-lane road will be reduced to two lanes with head-to-head traffic, according to a release.

Speeds will also be reduced to 25 mph and a 12-foot width restriction will be in place.

Work on this portion is expected to be completed in late May.

April Baumgarten
April Baumgarten joined the Grand Forks Herald May 19, 2015, as the news editor. She works with a team of talented journalists and editors, who strive to give the Grand Forks area the quality news readers deserve to know. Baumgarten grew up on a ranch 10 miles southeast of Belfield, where her family continues to raise registered Hereford cattle. She double majored in communications and history/political science at Jamestown (N.D.) College, now known as University of Jamestown. During her time at the college,  she worked as a reporter and editor-in-chief for the university's newspaper, The Collegian. Baumgarten previously worked for The Dickinson Press as the Dickinson city government and energy reporter in 2011 before becoming the editor of the Hazen Star and Center Republican. She then returned to The Press as a news editor, where she helped lead an award-winning newsroom in recording the historical oil boom.