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A Morton County road is undergoing a 1- to 2-foot grade raise after nearly being inundated with water due to high levels on the Missouri River.

Though it’s not a heavily traveled road, Timberhaven Drive South, located south of Mandan, provides nearby Timberhaven Subdivision residents easy access to their properties.

The Morton County Highway Department spent the first part of this week laying 1,200 cubic yards of clay and 360 cubic yards of gravel over about 1,200 feet of the roadway, near the intersection of N.D. Highway 1806. By noon today, phase one of the estimated $25,000 project should be completed.

Once the water recedes, additional work will begin on the slope of the roadway, inflows and culverts.

Following the 2011 Missouri River flood, numerous Morton County roads were built up to prevent inundation during a future flooding event, Morton County Engineer John Saiki said. At the time, Timberhaven Drive South was overlooked.

“This road was not addressed after the flood last time,” Saiki said, noting no other county roads are being threatened by rising water. “It’s a pretty small deal.”

The project will be paid for by the county’s emergency relief fund.

(Reach Cheryl McCormack at 701-250-8264 or cheryl.mccormack@bismarcktribune.com.)​

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General Assignment Reporter