WILLISTON, N.D. — Residents of a rural Williams County subdivision say the gravel roads leading to their neighborhood are hazardous, but they’re having trouble pinpointing who is responsible for the work.

Residents of Lukenbill Estates, just north of Williston, have asked for help with a roughly one-mile stretch leading to the subdivision’s entrance, the Williston Herald (http://bit.ly/2dcJ4G1) reported. They said the rutted gravel thoroughfares are treacherous in inclement weather and that school bus drivers have balked at navigating the roads in particular weather conditions.

Deanna Senior, a resident of the subdivision, told county commissioners last month that 50 cars have ended up in a ditch in the past four years.

Commissioners said last month that the roads fall under the township’s jurisdiction. Township board members said the original agreement, which lists the development group as responsible, should be adhered to.

“The township didn’t want this project. That road was originally a prairie trail, it was not maintained by the township, it was a minimum maintenance road, and we fought it tooth and nail,” Missouri Ridge’s compliance officer Misti Flory said.

Marie Pierce, the subdivision’s property manager, said the Lukenbill Homeowners Association does not have the funds to do it since their dues are very low.

“It’s not a road that’s only used by the residents of Lukenbill,” she said. “The thought that a public road that is used by everybody is the responsibility of 113 hardworking residents is ludicrous to me.”

Williams County Chairman David Montgomery said that despite the township’s frustration, if those gravel roads fall under its jurisdiction, then the responsibility lies there. The requested work could add up to hundreds of thousands of dollars.

Information from: Williston Herald, http://www.willistonherald.com

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