Bowman County plans for $1.9 million road projectBOWMAN — A $1.9 million road project near Scranton, on hold for three years, may finally happen in the spring.
BOWMAN — A $1.9 million road project near Scranton, on hold for three years, may finally happen in the spring.
The project is 133rd Ave. SW and stretches for a little more than 8.5 miles from the Haley Dam intersection to about a half mile south of Scranton and Bowman County Commissioner Ken Steiner said he is concerned with the safety of the road during a Tuesday meeting at the Bowman County Courthouse.
“The roads are so narrow it’s becoming a safety issue,” he said.
Steiner said the county did a study and results showed more than 600 vehicles per day travel the road. About 35 percent of the traffic obeys the 55 mph speed limit.
“The fastest vehicle was traveling between 90 and 95 mph,” Steiner said. “That can be very dangerous on a narrow road with many semis, big trucks and slower moving farm equipment.”
Aside from the safety concerns many residents had questions regarding easements, fences, land and trees.
“We would hate to see the trees go,” said resident Charlotte Kahrs and Francis “Fuzzy” Hedman.
Gary Brennan, senior project engineer for Brosz Engineering, said he didn’t know what to tell residents about the trees.
“We will try to avoid them (the trees). What I do know is that you will get compensated for what we do on your land,” Brennan said.
Brennan said landowners will be paid for the use of their land and after construction the land will be returned to the rightful owner.
Residents will also get fences replaced and any disturbed land will be reseeded, Steiner said.
In other business
Commissioners also updated the Bowman and Slope County burial policy during the meeting.
If a family does not have enough money to pay for the funeral expenses, it is the county’s responsibility to cover costs. County burials are “not that common,” said Janice Burk, Bowman County Social Services director.
Burk said Bowman pays $2,500 for a county burial and only basic needs of the deceased are met.
Bowman and Slope County commissioners have recently contracted with Krebsbach-Kulseth Funeral Home in Bowman and Stevenson’s Funeral Home in Dickinson and Baker, Mont. and negotiated a rate regarding cremation expenses and burial expenses, including transportation of the deceased to the place of burial, the grave box or vault, grave space and grave opening and closing expenses.