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Truckers who avoid New Town bypass face $1,500 fine; oil patch city fed up with truck traffic


NEW TOWN, North Dakota — Truckers who don't use a new $25 million highway bypass around New Town face the prospect of a $1,500 fine.

Police in the western oil patch city have been issuing warnings, and this week they began enforcing the new ordinance with tickets to crack down on truck traffic. A city official recently observed 45 trucks in less than half an hour go through the city without stopping, City Auditor Eileen Zaun told the Minot Daily News ( ).

Officials have placed signs at both ends of town designating the bypass and warning truck drivers about the penalty for not using the alternative route.

The City Council approved the ordinance on Jan. 21. It applies to trucks whose weight exceeds 35,000 pounds, with or without a load. Trucks delivering products into the city are exempt, but all trucks are banned from parking on streets. Those entering the city must have a specific destination point.

Construction of the state-funded 3.2-mile bypass began last spring and wrapped up last fall. It diverts truck traffic on state Highway 23, which becomes New Town's Main Street within city limits.

Similar bypasses have been constructed around several other oil patch cities, including Williston, Watford City, Alexander and Dickinson.

Information from: Minot Daily News,

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