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Published January 24, 2010, 12:47 PM

Coal Mining Equipment To Close Road

U.S. Highway 83 between Washburn and Underwood will be closed for a time this week and traffic detoured to allow for large coal mining equipment to cross the four-lane road.

WASHBURN, N.D. (AP) - U.S. Highway 83 between Washburn and

Underwood will be closed for a time this week and traffic detoured

to allow for large coal mining equipment to cross the four-lane

road.

The highway is to be shut down 8 a.m. Tuesday and reopened

Wednesday morning.

The equipment being moved is a 13.5 million pound dragline at

the Falkirk Mining Co. It moves at a speed of less than 1 mph.

It will be the fourth time in the mine's history that a dragline

has crossed Highway 83. Crossings were made twice in 1987 and once

in 2003.

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