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CF Industries expansion affects Woodbury Co. road traffic

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New industries mean new jobs, but they also bring construction and potential delays for drivers.

Some areas near Sergeant Bluff, Iowa will be feeling the affects of the CF Industries expansion project.

Woodbury County Supervisors stepped out of the board room and on to gravel roads to get a better understanding of this major industrial project. They toured areas affected by the $1.7 billion expansion of CF Industries.

"There are so many things that have to be done and it's nice to get the whole board together to look at a project," Supervisor Larry Clausen said.

When construction is in full swing, crews won't necessarily be using D-51 from the south side of the plant. They'll be entering the site from the north on Allison Avenue near 235th Street.

That's why county workers have already been treating the gravel roads with calcium chloride to cut down on dust. County leaders said they're expecting about 200 trucks a day to be coming back and forth on 235th Street to bring materials in for the expansion project.

"Days like today you'd be obliterating oncoming traffic with the dust, so we need to make sure we make that road as safe and as strong as we can," County Engineer, Mark Nahra said.

The county is also taking steps to improve traffic control.

With CF Industries creating a new entrance to the plant, the county is adding a turning lane on Port Neal Road and 260th Street.

The county is also considering adding a stop light at the intersection of 235th Street and Port Neal Road.

"We want to make sure we minimize any possible disruptions caused from that build," Nahra said

Nahra said detours are being worked out keeping those living closest to the construction in mind. However, it may be a long haul. The project is expected to take at least two years.

The county will spend about $4.2 million working on these roads near CF Industries. A majority of that money came from a rise project grant they got from the Iowa DOT.

Officials said within the next week, they should be finished treating the gravel roads on 235th Street and Allison Avenue.

And, then they said CF industries will begin building their own gravel road as a way to bring materials in and out as they begin the expansion.

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