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Published February 06, 2013, 09:20 AM

New Law Just in Time for Grand Forks Roads

A new law Governor Jack Dalrymple signed on Monday will give non-oil producing counties like Grand Forks a portion of $100 million for road projects.

A new law Governor Jack Dalrymple signed on Monday will give non-oil producing counties like Grand Forks a portion of $100 million for road projects.

That comes just in time, because funding for maintenance and repairs is a major concern here in town. The state legislature put this together as an emergency bill so the money will be available for this year's construction season. And while city leaders aren't sure of the exact amount Grand Forks will receive, they say anything will help. Al Grasser, City Engineer, "We do have quite a backlog so to speak of roads that need to be repaired." Federal planning dollars have been drastically cut, causing some leaders to scramble. Grand Forks currently struggles with fronting the 80 percent portion of the local share for reconstruction projects. While Grand Forks has not lost any federal funding up until this point, the city has been told that future projects may not be able to be funded.

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