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SIOUX CITY -- It won't include a one-mile paving of a frontage road in Moville, but the five-year plan for upcoming road and bridge projects in Woodbury County has been set.

The Woodbury County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday approved the plan proposed by County Engineer Mark Nahra for fixing roads and bridges, with the projects totaling a combined $29.3 million through fiscal year 2022-23.

The largest year for projects comes in FY 2018-19, with spending of $8.6 million. Nahra said the plan is like most years, with the "typical shotgun pattern," with projects spread broadly in the county.

Three paving projects of county roads are included, with work in FY 2022-23 planned for County Road D-25, also known as Old Highway 141, near Smithland. Nahra said that road is a popular scenic route for motorcyclists.

Also, County Road D-38 will be repaved in two sections, east from the Moville Blacktop to Anthon in 2020-21, and west of the Moville Blacktop to Bronson in 2018-19.

"(Residents) would like to see us flatten some of the hilltops and widen the shoulders, but that would run twice as much (in cost)," Nahra said.

Additionally, grading work for County Road D-50 will be done in the year ahead, in order to route traffic around the heart of Anthon, a city of 565.

The D-50 grading is estimated to cost $1.8 million. The paving timeline is uncertain.

The Moville frontage road has been a topic of discussion for a possible joint town-county project for three years. Nahra said he's heard no concrete plan from the Moville City Council on ways to work together to modernize the important frontage road.

Moville and county officials have aired a proposal for an estimated $793,000 to modernize the half-mile stretch of East Frontage Road owned by the county. The other half-mile of the road, located more to the west, is jointly owned by the county and city and could be improved for roughly $700,000.

The road is an important focal point, as Moville transitions from a business district heavy in the two blocks of downtown to more pieces along the frontage road, which is in eye-shot of U.S. Highway 20 on the town's south side. A new Lewis Drug pharmacy and Dollar General store have opened since July 2016 on the frontage road, while the town's sole grocery store closed on March 1.

Fireworks ordinance

Also on Tuesday, the supervisors briefly worked through a proposal pinpointing that fireworks could be sold at retail outlets in the rural areas of the county that are zoned for commercial use.

They held a public hearing for a second week to refine a plan on where fireworks could be sold by businesses outside Sioux City. They debated an amendment to the allowed land uses table in the county's current zoning ordinance. The amendment would enable the retail sale of fireworks in General Commercial zoning districts in unincorporated areas of the county.

No one spoke in the hearing, and the supervisors plan to pass the zoning amendment at the next weekly meeting on April 17.

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