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Published July 27, 2010, 07:53 AM

Truck traffic a big worry in Bowman

BOWMAN, N.D. (AP) - Residents of the town of Bowman in North Dakota's oil patch are trying to figure out what to do about heavy truck traffic on a residential street.

BOWMAN, N.D. (AP) - Residents of the town of Bowman in North Dakota's oil patch are trying to figure out what to do about heavy truck traffic on a residential street.

Mayor Lyn James says truck drivers are using 11th Avenue for quick north-south access, and it isn't designed for that. He says it's causing problems for people who live there and prompting fears about safety.

The death of a resident in another part of town about 10 months ago is still fresh in residents' minds.

Forty-two-year-old Belinda Messer, a developmentally disabled woman, was killed by a semitrailer while crossing U.S. Highway 85 at a city intersection. The truck and driver have not been found, and the Highway Patrol says it has no leads.

The state Transportation Department has since improved the intersection where Messer was killed.

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