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Associated Press, Published April 13 2013

Comment period extended for New Town bypass

BISMARCK — North Dakota's Transportation Department has extended the public comment period for a proposed truck bypass around New Town.

The cutoff had been April 3, but officials extended it until April 25 because of an incorrect mailing address provided at a recent public hearing on the project.

The bypass would route oil field truck traffic around New Town, relieving traffic congestion on state Highway 23 through the city. A two-lane road would be constructed northeast of New Town connecting Highway 23 with state Highway 1804.

The state-funded project could cost up to $19 million.