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North Dakota DOT announces detour, construction projects

BISMARCK — The North Dakota Department of Transportation will begin working on two highways next week.

Construction will also begin Tuesday on U.S. Highway 12 between Marmarth to Bowman, according to a press release. Resurfacing work is expected to last through August. Speeds will also be reduced 25 mph through the work area with a width restriction of 16 feet. Oil may be present.

Motorists traveling on Highway 23 will be detoured to a temporary paved roadway about a mile east of Watford City beginning Monday, according to a press release. The detour, which is about 1½ miles long, is part of the southeast Watford City Bypass project, which should be completed this fall. Speeds will be reduced to 25 mph.

Motorists should watch for trucks entering and exiting the roadway as well as construction workers. Drivers may also experience delays.

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.