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Bowman County receives grant to fix gravel road

A road project at the Bowman/Haley Dam is one of eight recreation-based projects given funding by the North Dakota Department of Transportation through the Special Road Run program.

A road project at the Bowman/Haley Dam is one of eight recreation-based projects given funding by the North Dakota Department of Transportation through the Special Road Run program.

Bowman County is getting a $22,000 grant to chip seal a gravel road at the Bowman/Haley Dam spanning from the marina to the west end of the campsites to prevent dust in the area.

"(The project) is needed, because when we have a bunch of people camping, they complain about the dust problem," said Gerald McLaughlin, chairman of Bowman County's Water Resource Board.

The estimated overall cost of the project, said Ben Kubischta, NDDOT Transportation Enhancement Coordinator, is $36,000. He said the $22,000 grant pays for 60 percent of the cost, with the county responsible for the remainder.

McLaughlin is overseeing day-to-day operations for the project. He said the county only recently was informed about receiving the grant and it has not yet received any of the funds.

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Construction is set to begin sometime next year in order to properly plan the project and to allow the water board and Bowman County construction crews to work together.

Bowman County Auditor Sandi Tivis said the road project is very important for the community, as the dam area brings recreation to nearby communities. She said the dam is a popular fishing site and a marina/restaurant was recently opened.

"Any time there's a grant available, we try to get it to bring improvements back to our county," she said.

Kubischta said the Special Road Fund, which was established in the early 1990s by the state Legislature and is funded from a reserve fund at the NDDOT, is used specifically for state projects which lead to or are within recreation, tourist or historical sites.

Funding is determined by a five-person committee. The committee consists of two legislators, representatives from the North Dakota Parks and Recreation and North Dakota Game and Fish departments and a member of the NDDOT.

All applications are reviewed, scored and ranked by the committee, with the largest amount of funding given to the highest-ranked application. Kubischta said Bowman was ranked second-to-last on the list.

The amount for grants this year ranged from $22,000 to $195,000, with $250,000 the maximum grant any project can receive.

This is the first time Bowman County has received a SRF. Regent received a SRF grant in 2003 to fix an access road to the Enchanted Highway.

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The state checks progress before and after the project is done, reimbursing counties if they are satisfied with the work done.

"The countries have been good; they say what they are going to do. We haven't had any trouble with these projects," Kubischta said.

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