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Towering cranes and pile rigs are shown in March, laying the foundation CF Industries new nitrogen fertilizer plant. Contractors made steady progress on the $1.7 billion expansion of the company's Port Neal complex.

Dawn J. Sagert, Sioux City Journal

SIOUX CITY | Woodbury County officials knew gravel and paved roads would take a beating from heavy trucks delivering materials for the $1.7 billion CF Industries expansion south of Sioux City.

On Tuesday, they heard from a resident who said he'll send the county a bill for repairs if the constant traffic damages his home. Dale Patten, who lives on Allison Avenue near Sergeant Bluff, told the County Board that trucks passing by on the rough gravel road are rattling the dishes in his cabinets.

"We do have some problems out there," Patten said.

County Engineer Mark Nahra said crews from his department should be  finished Friday grooming Allison Avenue and adding 2 inches of gravel. Improvements on nearby 235th Street are scheduled to begin next week.

"These roads weren't designed for 300 to 400 trucks a day going in and out," Nahra said.

CF officials are adding onto the existing nitrogen fertilizer plant near Port Neal.

County Board Chairman George Boykin, of Sioux City, said keeping infrastructure usable near CF will involve growing pains.

"I totally understand and sympathize with you out there, because there is a lot of truck traffic .... We are aware of it and will stay on top of it," Boykin told Patten.

Also on Tuesday, the County Board received bids to grade a new road, to be named 255th Street, leading to the CF plant, which is west of Interstate 29 at 1182 260th St.

The 255th Street grading will be done this year, with paving to be completed in 2015. The county received a $3 million Revitalize Iowa's Sound Economy grant from the state to create the one-mile road. The county will pay up to $800,000 as its part of the project cost.

The four grading bids ranged from $525,413 to $633,460. The engineer's estimated cost for the grading is $579,000. A contract will be awarded at a County Board meeting in May.

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