WATFORD CITY, North Dakota — North Dakota's Transportation Department has opened the first four-lane segment of U.S. Highway 85 in the western oil patch.
The 14-mile stretch between Watford City and Alexander was opened to traffic on Friday. It marks the completion of the first phase of the four-laning project.
The highway is being widened between Watford City and Williston, at a cost of $300 million. Construction continues on the remaining 25 miles.
Transportation Director Grant Levi says more than 12,000 vehicles use the highway each day.