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North Dakota DOT Wins Regional Transportation Award

BISMARCK, ND — The North Dakota Department of Transportation (NDDOT) received a regional award for the new Long X Bridge located in western North Dakota. The award was announced at the America’s Transportation Awards, held at the Western Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials conference.

The project won in the Operations Excellence category, which recognizes projects that deliver a more reliable, well-functioning, and safer transportation system through operational solutions.

“This project is a great example of why our state highway system continually ranks among the best in the nation,” said NDDOT Director Bill Panos.

The Long X Bridge project included a complete bridge replacement, highway construction, and the addition of a wildlife crossing built under U.S. Highway 85 south of the bridge, giving wildlife a safe place to cross and reducing the chance of a highway crash.

In the past, trucks striking the top of the bridge were a frequent occurrence, often closing the bridge for days while crews inspected and repaired the damage. The new Long X Bridge is a concrete bridge that features four, 12-foot driving lanes with a median in the center, eliminating the overhead bridge beams and accommodating larger truck loads.

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