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Frustrations Mount Over Road Issues

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"All we've been doing the last four years is fight disasters...It's getting old."

That is what Ward County Highway Engineer had to say today at the Commission meeting about the situation in the county when it comes to the condition of the roads.

Heavy snow and rain this year has more than a dozen locations still underwater in the county...with expensive fixes on the horizon.

Making those fixes happen -- and getting them paid for, has been a full time job.

At a meeting Monday with state and federal officials, the message seemed to be bad for the county.

Fixes that will run in the millions of dollars may be tough to get reimbursed -- and as June has turned to July, that message seems to only be getting clearer.

(Alan Walter - Ward County Commissioner) "After the meeting yesterday I am skeptical that we will get anything out of it. All I heard is that we have these rules and these rules and if you don't like those then we have these rules. I hope we can but I..." (Jerome Gruenberg - Ward County Commissioner) "I agree with Commissioner Walter. All I heard was 'No, No, No.'. I hope we are wrong." (Walter) "So do I."

Many of the current Ward County road issues cropped up this year...however some have been in place since the flooding of 2011.

The county hadn't proceeded with fixes yet for those spots because it would have jeopardized potential funding...funding that was eventually denied anyway.

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