KILLDEER N.D. Highway 22, about 18 miles north of Killdeer and just south of the Lost Bridge, has been closed because the road is extensively damaged in that area.
The North Dakota Department of Transportation and N.D. Highway Patrol closed the highway to traffic at noon Friday.
Additional moisture and wet conditions in the area this winter and spring have caused the embankment the roadway is constructed on to shift, causing a drop off of the pavement surface making it impassable, according to Transportation Department officials. The Transportation Department is evaluating the situation and will keep the public informed as more information becomes available.
Local traffic only will be allowed from the junction of N.D. Highway 200 at Killdeer north about 18 miles (RP 124) and south from the junction of N.D. Highway 23 to the Lost Bridge.
Local traffic will not be allowed to travel on N.D. Highway 22 from the Lost Bridge south 3 miles. This area of the road is closed.
Motorists should use the following detours:
- North traffic: Head west on N.D. Hwy 200 to N.D. Highway 85. Turn north onto U.S. Highway 85 to Watford City and then turn east onto N.D. Highway 23 to New Town.
-South traffic: Head west on N.D. Highway 23 to Watford City. Turn south onto U.S. Highway 85 at Watford City to N.D. Highway 200, then turn east onto N.D. Highway 200 to Killdeer.
- I-94 east traffic: Exit at Belfield (Exit 42), then go north on U.S. Highway 85 to Watford City. Turn east on N.D. Highway 23 to New Town.
When a road is closed it is illegal to go around barricades and motorists can be fined. The road is closed until further notice and repair work will take place as soon as weather allows, Transportation Department officials said.