County Road 25 (copy)

A sugar beet truck drives along Traill County Road 25 during the Red River Valley’s beet harvest in October 2014. 

A handful of area sugar beet farmers and a Grand Forks County official asked the Traill County Board of Commissioners on Tuesday to consider paving County Road 25 east of Reynolds.

Grand Forks County engineer Nick West told Traill County commissioners that there may never be a better time to pave a 6-mile stretch of the gravel road separating Grand Forks and Traill counties.

Traill County pocketed $3.71 million in “Prairie Dog” funds from the state’s oil and gas taxes in January while Grand Forks County took in $5.35 million from the state.

The windfall of “Prairie Dog” funds creates a rare window and funding stream for the neighboring counties to work together to pave County Road 25, West said.

“If this project is ever going to happen, now is our chance,” West told the county board.

Kevin Sondreal, who farms near Reynolds, and a dozen other farmers asked county commissioners in November to pave County Road 25, pointing out the road had become hazardous during harvest.

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