- Associated Press - Monday, January 20, 2014

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - State officials say preliminary work has begun on a unique wildlife crossing between two cities in the oil patch of North Dakota.

The underpass is designed to allow wildlife will go underneath a bridge on U.S. Highway 85 between Watford City and Williston. It’s part of a $300 million upgrade on a road that has seen increased traffic with the oil boom.

Wildlife officials say the area is a natural corridor for movement of big game animals like moose and white-tailed deer, as well as predators like mountain lions, coyotes and other animals.

North Dakota Game and Fish Department spokesman Bruce Kreft tells the Bismarck Tribune (http://bit.ly/1dkKG3N) that officials took several trips to Montana to study designs of wildlife crossings.

Construction is expected to begin this spring.

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Information from: Bismarck Tribune, http://www.bismarcktribune.com

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