Many oil patch cities benefited from the oil boom, but also there were some unintended consequences, one of them being an increase in truck traffic.
“You can have five minutes of continuous trucks, bumper to bumper, at one time during the oil activity,” Sen. Rich Wardner of Dickinson said.
Before the oil activity, the city of Killdeer saw about 2,000 trucks a day. When the oil boom was at its height, that number ballooned to 10,000 trucks a day.
“With the opening of the truck bypass that we are celebrating today, will take some of those vehicles out of town and will restore that quality of life for this community,” said Grant Levi, North Dakota Department of Transportation director.
State and local officials gathered on the bypass to celebrate its official opening, something they’ve been waiting for since the project started in July of last year.
“I want to thank the community and its citizens for their patience,” Levi said.
And overall for the city of Killdeer
“The community should be able to return to somewhat of what was more normal prior to the energy boom,” said Levi.
The 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.
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