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Published May 15, 2012, 04:10 AM

Work Starting Soon on Only Paved Road Out of Tolna, ND

(WDAZ-TV) - Road construction goes hand in hand with Lake Region summers as crews repair damages from rising waters and now a road miles away from Devils Lake is getting attention because it's the only lifeline out of town for the 200 residents of Tolna.

By: Adam Ladwig, WDAZ

(WDAZ-TV) - Road construction goes hand in hand with Lake Region summers as crews repair damages from rising waters and now a road miles away from Devils Lake is getting attention because it's the only lifeline out of town for the 200 residents of Tolna.

Highway 15 isn't in that bad of shape, but people living in Tolna say it's worth it to endure construction to keep the road smooth.

"It's our main path in and out of here. It's certainly nice to have a quality road. I don't know since that road's been built if it's ever really been re-surfaced," Tolna resident Bob Engen said.

Starting Friday, crews will be busy adding a two-inch layer of asphalt to a 20-mile stretch of Highway 15. The extra layer will smooth out the bumps on the busy road.

"Give it a nice smooth overlay and hopefully we can get another 10 to 20 years out of that," Greg Semenko with the North Dakota Department of Transportation said.

The road is busy because it's the only paved road in and out of town. There are other ways to travel, but dirt roads have been ravaged by heavy equipment used to build the Tolna Coulee Outlet.

"A lot of the traffic that travels to Devils Lake, they go north or west out of town and use the gravel, but I think we're all aware that the gravel's sufficiently tore up," Engen said.

"We're trying to stay ahead of all of the road damage. By putting this on now we hope we can preserve the integrity of that road system," Semenko said.

Delays of up to 15 minutes are expected for local drivers. Tolna residents say it's a worthwhile compromise to ensure a safe route to the outside world.

"They gotta work safely. If that means holding people back a few minutes at a time, yeah, that's the price you pay," Engen said.

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