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Published January 11, 2010, 04:47 PM

Highway 20 Raise Won't Cost City Of Devils Lake More Money

Today the City of Devils Lake learned that work on nearby Highway 20 won't add to project costs for the embankment raise.

By: Renee Chmiel, WDAZ

With the Devils Lake rise comes not only an embankment raise but road raises. And those can get expensive.

Today the City of Devils Lake learned that work on nearby Highway 20 won't add to project costs for the embankment raise.

Highway 20 south of the City of Devils Lake needs to be raised. The work is expected to cost about $2 million. Today the Devils Lake City Commission found out this will not be added to the total cost of the city's embankment raise.

Mike Grafsgaard/Devils Lake City Engineer: "We're responsible for the road raise at the embankment along Highway 20 as well as the road raise north of that embankment."

Fred Bott/Devils Lake Mayor: "It'll be a number of miles if you start at Fort Totten and run all the way north of the embankment."

It's still unclear if Acorn Ridge will be included in the project. What is clear is that with this project, which involves both the DOT and the Corps, there are still some tasks that need to be completed before bids can be let.

Mike Grafsgaard: "We're really looking at how the environmental work can be completed and what agency would be responsible for completing the environmental work."

One of the main concerns with this project right now is that construction will block the road and force drivers to take other routes.

Fred Bott: "Of course working around the lake, it's pretty limited as far as detour routes."

The project is expected to be bid early this spring. It should be completed by the end of the year. It will be done in conjunction with Phase One of the embankment raise. That entire project is expected to cost more than $100 million.

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