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Dodge roads fall victim to time: City working on infrastructure plan

Time has taken its toll on the streets of Dodge. The pavement was chipped, cracked and sealed several times, but now it's time the city looks at undertaking some real work on the city's streets, said Mayor Leonard Strifle.

"We had the streets put in some time in the early '70s and like everything else, as they have aged, the streets have finally begun to wear out on us," he said. "Now we are pretty much looking at what work needs to be done to all of the city streets, not just some of them."

Strifle said the city has resealed the streets before.

But he said it is now worth it for the city to do an infrastructure study that encompasses all of the streets in Dodge to keep them capable of withstanding traffic 40-plus years after the roads were first put in.

"Now the streets are in need of some structural work, but we will have to see how much they say it is going to cost to do, what all work needs to be completed and how much it will cost the city to do that work," he said.

Carie Boster, economic development director with the Dunn County Jobs Development Authority, informed the Dunn County Commission recently that the study continues in the city.

Strifle said the infrastructure study began a few weeks ago.

"When the study comes back, and I'm not sure when it is supposed to be completed exactly, but when it is we'll look and see if we can fund the improvements with infrastructure funds," he said.

Strifle could not say when any work on the streets would begin.

"We'll just have to see what the company comes up with and go from there," he said.

Heather Kostelecky with Kadrmas, Lee and Jackson Inc. in Dickinson, the engineering, surveying, and planning company responsible for conducting the infrastructure study in Dodge, did not return calls this week.