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Homeowner near CF expansion site expresses concerns about county roads

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NEAR SALIX, IA (KTIV) -

It's been a long road for those living near the biggest construction project Woodbury County has ever seen.

CF Industries expects to have 2,000 workers at the peak of construction, but even though, they're only a quarter of the way done, it's been a big burden on some of the plant's neighbors. "Me and my wife worked hard to build the home and we worked hard to pay for the home," Allison Avenue Homeowner Dale Patten said.

But, now Patten is worried that his home at 2294 Allison Avenue is in danger. "The trucks that are going by start to bounce and actually, you sit at my kitchen table, you can hear the dishes rattle," Patten said.

Patten went before the board of supervisors and county engineer on Tuesday to express his concerns. "I wanted the board to know that I'm not going to sit still to have them ruin my home," Patten said.

Woodbury County's Engineer Mark Nahra said his crews have been fighting frost on these roads for the past month, and they are addressing the problem the best they can. "We've had our blade out their daily, we've been adding aggregate to the weak spots on the road, but it's been very difficult when that road is soft and going through spring thaw to keep it up and under condition with all of these trucks," Nahra said

Nahra said Allison Avenue along with 225th Street and 235th Street weren't built to handle this much traffic, up to 400 trucks in and out per day. "We're asking gravel roads that are over 100 years old to do a huge job here," Nahra said.

Nahra said the roads will only be used for the construction phase of the CF Industries project, which is expected to last about 30 months.

Patten said he'd like to see the permanent road to the plant, CF Drive, that will be off of 255th street, built sooner. Patten said then, the trucks will have a paved road to go down, and he and his neighbors won't have to be as worried about their homes.

Nahra said his department has $600,000 they can draw from to improve these roads.

They've looked at options like chemical treatments that can stabilize the base of the road and make it easier on drivers.

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