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Associated Press, Published March 19 2012

Western ND highway closed after damage to bridge

WATFORD CITY, N.D. — A portion of a major highway in western North Dakota's oil patch has been closed after damage to a bridge spanning the Little Missouri River.

Transportation officials say the Long X Bridge along U.S. Highway 85 about 14 miles south of Watford City was struck and damaged by an excavator being hauled on a trailer towed by a truck. The highway was closed Sunday night and officials were inspecting the bridge Monday.

Motorists were being cautioned to use an alternate route.

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