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Meetings set to discuss 4-lane Highway 85 project between Belfield and Watford City

An essential road through North Dakota's Oil Patch may see some major improvements The North Dakota Department of Transportation has scheduled two meetings next week to discuss a proposal to turn a 62-mile stretch of U.S. Highway 85 into a four-l...

An essential road through North Dakota’s Oil Patch may see some major improvements

The North Dakota Department of Transportation has scheduled two meetings next week to discuss a proposal to turn a 62-mile stretch of U.S. Highway 85 into a four-lane road between Belfield and Watford City, and a proposal to rehabilitate or replace the historic Long X Bridge over the Little Missouri River near the Theodore Roosevelt National Park North Unit.

The first public input meeting for the project will be from 5-7:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 9, at Belfield City Hall, 107 Second Ave. NE. A second meeting is scheduled for 5-7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 10, at Watford City Hall, 213 Second St. NE.

The public scoping meetings will utilize an open house format with formal presentations beginning at 5:30 p.m., and are used to help determine the proposed project’s purpose and need. Representatives from the NDDOT and engineering firm KLJ will attend the meetings. The NDDOT and the Federal Highway Administration are initiating an Environmental Impact Statement for the Highway 85 project.

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