KILLDEER, N.D. — The newest truck bypass in the western North Dakota oil patch is open for traffic.

The state Transportation Department on Wednesday opened a $30 million bypass at Killdeer. The 4-mile, two-lane route that connects state Highways 200 and 22 is designed to divert truck traffic around the west side of the community. It was completed this month after more than a year of construction.

Before the recent oil boom, about 2,000 trucks passed through Killdeer each day. When the boom was at its height, the number ballooned to about 10,000 daily in the community of about 1,000 people. Highway 22 also serves as the city’s Main Street, and traffic became so intense that school buses began transporting children from one side to the other.

“This will make it safer for everyone, even the truckers,” Mayor Scott Muscha said.

The state in the past three years has invested a total of $420 million on the construction of truck bypass routes for the oil patch communities of Williston, Watford City, Alexander, New Town, Dickinson and Killdeer.

The Killdeer project includes two roundabouts, which are circular intersections without traffic lights or stop signs in which traffic flows in only one direction.

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