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Weather Slows Highway Construction

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Nearly four inches of rain put a temporary halt to work on the 55th street bypass project on Minot's east edge.

The two year construction project is expected to come to a close in July.

In the meantime, 55th will be closed to through traffic until the project is complete starting next Tuesday.

That closure will push traffic to 27th street which is another main artery closer to the heart of Minot.

What project coordinators are concerned about if weather creates more delays, reopening of 55th may not come until after the State Fair creating an even more congested traffic flow through that area in the middle of the nine day event.

(Jeff McElwain, Ackerman-Estvold Project Engineer) "Starting Tuesday the 28th we'll set up the detour which will push all the traffic that's using 55th as a through road using 27th street.

I have been told work crews will push hard to get the work completed as quickly as possible.

McElwain says the rain shut down work for the rest of this week and pushed the project back a week as well.

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