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Published April 17, 2012, 11:15 AM

US 85 bridge in ND oil patch reopens during night

WATFORD CITY, N.D. (AP) — Transportation officials say the Long X Bridge on U.S. Highway 85 in western North Dakota has reopened to traffic 24 hours a day.

WATFORD CITY, N.D. (AP) — Transportation officials say the Long X Bridge on U.S. Highway 85 in western North Dakota has reopened to traffic 24 hours a day.

The bridge about 14 miles south of Watford City had been closed during nighttime hours to allow for temporary repairs to the structure that was damaged March 18 when it was struck by a truck load that was too high.

Permanent repairs are to be completed in a few weeks, at which time the bridge once again will be closed between the hours of 7 p.m. and 7 a.m.

Highway 85 is a major north-south route in the North Dakota oil patch.

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