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Published February 23, 2010, 12:12 PM

Stutsman County highway department deals with lack of funding

(WDAY TV) - Lack of funds is forcing the Stutsman County highway department to make some tough decisions.

By: WDAY Staff Reports, WDAY

Highway officials are looking at turning some worn-out paved roads into gravel.

Right now, the county gets 700-thousand dollars a year to maintain county roads: half from local taxes, half from the federal government. Officials say they have enough money to maintain 50 miles of paved roads, but there are 233 miles of paved roads in the county.

If they can't get the funding, officials are considering turning some paved roads to gravel.

“We didn't do any paving projects last year. The last paving project we did was eight miles from 281 into the city of Ypsilanti and that was slightly over four million dollars."

In about 40 minutes, there's a meeting at the Law Enforcement Center in Jamestown where the public can offer input to this solution.