POLK COUNTY -- Work on a critical road the county feared wouldn't be completed this year has started.
Knife River Corp. started prep work for repaving Falls City Road last week, and paving on the almost 4-mile stretch from Kings Valley Highway to Falls City's east limits started Monday.
Ken Husby, Polk County public works director, said Knife River should have the job done in two days, one for each lane, as long as the weather is dry and the temperature above 40 degrees.
Husby said striping will be done after paving is completed and when dry days occur.
Knife River has until Nov. 15 to finish the work.
Falls City Road was repaved six or seven years ago and doesn't have any significant problems - yet.
"It has some cracking and has been sealed," Husby said.
Husby said the overlay with a higher-grade asphalt will add years to its life.
He noted that a couple of places along the stretch slated for repair have settled. Leveling those areas is part of the project.
The county received about $453,000 in federal stimulus funds to pay for the project, which has a total cost of almost $480,000.