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DOT Deals With Water Issues

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The rainy weather forced the Department of Transportation to slow traffic on US Highway 83 near Coleharbor Sunday.

It's just the latest example of the impacts of the rising water table in the region in recent years.

High water has forced the DOT to raise other spots along Highway 83 in the past few years, such as between Minot and the Air Force Base three years ago, and in the South Prairie area south of Minot last year.

Near Coleharbor, water across the road forced a major slow-down Sunday - although by this afternoon, the water had receded and traffic was back to normal.

Highway 256 near Antler also has water running across it.

The man in charge of the Minot District of the Department of Transportation says the high water table has been a cause of lots of work in recent years.

 (Bob Allen, North Dakota Department of Transportation) "Most of those are are draining now, but it was definitely a problem on highway 256 by Antler, 83 South by Coleharbor, and a couple of other areas where we had water on the road. We've also had a lot of water where it is a closed basin, it's a slough. Water comes out and goes above the road, and in those situations, the water does not drain away, and we have had to do emergency grade raises in the last few years. About 8 or 10 of those, and then we have to come back and do a permanent grade raise later."

Again, Highway 83 near Coleharbor is now back to normal speeds after the water receded this afternoon.

 

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