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Associated Press , Published August 19 2013

Bridge completes $26 million Minot bypass project

MINOT, N.D. — Officials on Monday dedicated a bridge that completes a $26 million bypass project on the east side of Minot.

The 55th Street Bridge over the BNSF Railway mainline track cost $13 million to build. Construction began in August 2011, and it opened to traffic on Aug. 13.

Local and state officials, including Gov. Jack Dalrymple and North Dakota's U.S. Sens. John Hoeven and Heidi Heitkamp gathered Monday to celebrate its opening.

The bypass for motorists traveling on U.S. Highway 83 is aimed at alleviating traffic congestion in the growing city on the edge of the booming western North Dakota oil patch. The federal government paid $20 million of the project's cost, with state, local and railroad funding making up the rest.

"This project is a great example of federal, state, local and industry partners working together to strengthen Minot's infrastructure and address the impacts of the region's growing economy," Dalrymple said.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.