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Woodbury County Supervisors approve $920k road project near CF Industries

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The CF Industries construction project in the Port Neal area of Woodbury County causes a lot of truck traffic, and has caused area residents to voice their concerns about safety.

"Right now, the employment's at about 500 people, and at shift changes, there is a lot of traffic on that road," Mark Nahra, Woodbury County Engineer said.

That's why the Woodbury County Supervisors decided to go ahead with a 920 thousand dollar road project.

It will extend 240th Avenue and improving the gravel surface of Andrew Avenue, taking some of the burden off of Allison Avenue, which currently services the area.

"One of the issues that we have down at the CF Industries area is that the roads in place are getting such heavy traffic, that we really can't improve them beyond what's already there," Nahra said.

To fund it, the Supervisors voted 4-1 for Essential Purpose Bonds, meaning property taxes will go up to fund it.

But Nahra says they're talking an increase of "pennies" once the cost is spread across Woodbury County's taxpayers.

While the extension of 240th and the improvement of Andrew is an expensive fix to a truck traffic problem in a rural area, officials say they believe it's worth it, because of the problems the residents in the area have experienced.

"We'll be able to get this road wider, it'll be safer for the trucks, and it'll draw some of the traffic away from 10 residences," Nahra said.

CF Industries is helping as much as they can, as Nahra says they have throughout the project.

"CF Industries has already volunteered to donate any land that they have to the project that's necessary for this road, which will save us between $60,000 and $70,000."

It's all slated to be finished, as soon as this November.

Engineers have already started surveying the land, and they say construction should begin within the month.

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