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Published May 18, 2010, 09:10 AM

Clay County road projects get a financial boost

(WDAY TV) - Good news coming out of Clay County. One highway project gets a financial and schedule boost while another road beat up during the flood gets a makeover that many hoped for but didn't expect.

County Highway 10 was beat up during recent flood fights as sand trucks used this route to the Fargodome. As you can see, it needs a new surface and this stretch from Downer to the Becker County line will get that thanks to state disaster dollars.

Minnesota will provide 750-thousand dollars for the 1.5 million dollar project from an account helping pay for disaster damage not covered by FEMA. Also, more than expected repairs to County Highway 52 and sooner!

Work on 5 miles of what's considered one of the county's worst roads was slated for 20-12, but now 8 miles will be repaired this year. There's a delay in a 4.7 million dollar Fergus Falls project, and 3.3 million of that shifted to the 52 project. Feds are also covering a greater share: 80 percent instead of 33.

David Overbo/Clay County Engineer: “It is a big deal because rather than stretching out that 8 miles in 2 or 3 construction seasons, we’ll get it done in one season.”

Overbo says the highway 52 project is expected to begin in July. He says the highway ten re-surfacing is slated for next summer. By the way that "Tower road-bridge project" in Fergus Falls is held up because of permitting issues. The project is not canceled and can still get more funding.