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Officials celebrate completion of Williston bypass

WILLISTON, N.D. — A 13-mile-long bypass designed to divert regional truck traffic around the western edge of Williston has been completed.

The $150 million four-lane bypass routes truck traffic west of Williston, connecting U.S. Highway 85 and U.S. Highway 2.

Gov. Jack Dalrymple says the Williston bypass will provide a safer and more efficient roadway for both regional and local traffic. More than 29,000 vehicles traveling through the area each day,

North Dakota state has invested a total of $420 million on the construction of truck routes for the communities of Williston, Watford City, Alexander, New Town, Dickinson and Killdeer.

The North Dakota Department of Transportation began work on the first phase of the Williston bypass in early 2014. State and local officials celebrated the completion of the final third phase on Wednesday.

In related news, Work beginning on $30 million highway bypass around Killdeer.

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