Cavalier County Commission seeks to extend Excess Road Levy

One of the measures that will be appearing on the June 14 primary ballot will be in regards to the Excess Road Levy that will fund the many needed road improvement projects.

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Posted on 5/7/16

By Melissa Anderson

The voters of Cavalier County  approved the excess levy the first time in 2008 for a period of five years and voted to extend the levy for an additional five years in 2010. The Cavalier County Commission has utilized the levy along with state and federal aid to be proactive in maintaining the roads of the county and would like to see the levy extended to continue the proactive stance of county road maintenance.

The excess levy is for 10 mills to be used for the funding of a highway management plan that addresses the current roadway system in Cavalier County. The commission, along with their engineers at KLJ, have created a list of 20 sections of roadways that will be addressed based on priority.

“As a commission, we feel that maintaining a good roadway network is vital to the economy of our county and the communities in our county,” the Cavalier County Commission said in a statement.

“Even with a new federal transportation bill, our federal funds received have changed very little,” the Commission’s statement continued.

Cavalier County received one-time funds from the State Legislature during the last two bienniums which helped the county to catch up on some of the larger road projects. Even with the assistance and the catching up, there are still many roads in the county that need attention.

“We believe the aggressive maintenance plan we are proposing is the best way for the county to be pro-active in maintaining our roadway system,” the Commission states.

The proposed roads to receive attention are listed as follows based on priority from first to last for the next 10 years.

• (1) County Road 32- (Co. Rd. 13 to ND HWY 1) gravel surfacing
• (1) Structure repair in Loam Township- (1.25 miles East of Co. Rd. 39) structure rehab/replacement
• (1) Structure replacement (2.0 miles East of ND HWY 20) structure rehab/replacement
• (1) County Road 24- (ND HWY 20 to County Shop) maintenance overlay
• (2) County Road 55- ( Co. Rd. 17 to ND HWY 1) gravel surfacing.
• (2) County Road 6 (Towner Co. line to ND HWY 20) seal coat
• (2) County Road 6 and County Road 17 – (Co. Rd. 13 to ND HWY 5) seal coat.
• (2) County Road 39- ( ND HWY 5 to 4 miles South of ND HWY 5) seal coat.
• (3) County Road 24- (Co. Rd. 3 to ND HWY 20) gravel surfacing.
• (3) County Road 24- (ND HWY 20 to Co. Rd. 13) gravel surfacing.
• (3) Structure replacement
• (4) County Road 30 – (ND) HWY 66 to ND HWY 5) gravel surfacing.
• (5) County Road 55 – (ND HWY 1 to Co. Rd. 39) seal coat
• (6) Structure replacement
• (6) County Road 55- ( 4 miles West of Pembina Co. line to Co. Rd. 39) gravel surfacing.
• (7) County Road- (ND HWY 20 to Co. Rd. 13) gravel reconstruction.
• (8) County Road 39 – ( ND HWY 5 to Co. Rd. 55) gravel reconstruction.
• (9) Structure Replacement
• (9) County Road 39 – ( Co. Rd. 32 to ND HWY 66) gravel surfacing.
• (10) County Road 55- ( Golf course East 4 miles to Pembina Co. line) maintenance overlay and shouldering.

The commission explains that the deterioration of the existing pavement and gravel, high rising construction costs and lack of funding is the driving force behind the proposal.

“The proposed program is made possible with federal funds through the North Dakota Department of Transportation,” the statement reads.

The federal funds alluded to typically finance about 80 percent of the construction with the remainder funded locally. However, a lack of increased federal funds coupled with increased construction costs has forced the county to act on the local level if the roads are to be maintained adequately.

“Our proposal for this program is based on federal funds financing 65 percent with the remainder being funded locally,” the commission statement says.

The Cavalier County Commission asks the public to extend the current excess road levy of 10 mills for an additional five years.

Should the public vote “no” on the measure, the county roads will be repaired as funds permit, and some roads may be turned back to gravel in order to reduce costs.

If the public votes “yes” to the extension, an additional $2.3 million over five years will be added to the road fund. A special fund will be set up for the funds that will go directly towards roads. The “yes” vote will implement the proposed road projects listed in the article.

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