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Ask Your Government: Paying for road damage near Devils Lake

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Dear Teri,

With all the trucks hauling fill around the Devils Lake area, what plans does the North Dakota Department of Transportation have to make sure that "haul roads" are restored to their original condition after all the dike projects are complete?

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Specifically, there is a steady stream of 18-wheeler side dumps hauling heavy rock down ND 32, ND 17 and ND 20 daily. These roads were all in good/excellent condition but are taking a severe beating from these heavy loads. Will NDDOT make sure the contractors involved pay for any damages done?

Mike Connor, Starkweather

Thanks for writing! I contacted Jamie Olson of the state Department of Transportation. Here's what she said:

"The North Dakota Department of Transportation maintains state highways during our construction projects and other types of events, including flooding and snow events. As with any other construction project, the NDDOT is responsible for maintaining the state highways around Devils Lake, including ND Highway 32, ND Highway 17 and ND Highway 20.

"The highways are designed for trucks to haul legal weights. Sometimes increased truck traffic may speed up deterioration of the roadways, therefore, the department will continue to monitor the highways in the Devils Lake area and determine if any projects need to be completed."

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