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Assessing Damaged County Roads

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From heavy traffic due to oil exploration, to wash-outs because of a rising water table, Ward County roads are in tough shape right now.

But the county is spending millions of

dollars to make repairs and build-up roads that are in trouble.

And today, some county officials got a first-hand look at the issues.

County Engineer Dana Larsen took the group on a driving tour to see where county projects are going on - and look at areas that are still in need of help.

He says giving county commissioners a close-up view of this kind of work helps them in dealing with people who have questions about the problems.

(Dana Larsen, Ward County Engineer) "Gets them a better understanding and shows them roads or locations that are going to be potential issues in the future so that when I bring it up (at commission meetings) and start talking about it they can picture it."

(Shelly Weppler, Ward County Commissioner) "It is a big part of the budget and we want to make sure that we understand completely what all of our constituents out in the county are dealing with."

Today's tour covered more than 150 miles of county roads.

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