ND counties keep heavy trucks off oilfield roads

Associated Press

WILLISTON, N.D. (AP) — County roads in several areas of North Dakota's oil patch have been closed to heavy truck traffic because of saturated conditions.

Williams County has shut down all county roads to vehicle traffic weighing more than 25,000 pounds. Divide County has reduced its load limits to 10,000 pounds.

It's unclear how long the road closures will last, but an industry spokesman says oil companies are scrambling to maintain their operations.

Williston truck driver Ron Finneman told the Williston Herald in a story published Saturday that the move could leave hundreds of truckers and other oil patch workers without jobs.

Finneman says the majority of oil rigs in Williams County can only be accessed by county roads.

Williams and Divide counties are located in far northwestern North Dakota.