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Neighbors say Farley Road project 'a mess'

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DUBUQUE COUNTY (KWWL) -

A nightmare -- that's how some people living in the area are describing Farley Road these days .

"If you have to use it everyday...it's rough," said Leonard Begle of Farley.

Construction which stretches nine miles from the towns of Farley and Cascade has been suspended for one year now.

People in the area say they're frustrated and bad management is the cause.  "Yeah, that's what I heard...it was a mess to begin with...as far as the engineering on it," added Begle.

And three engineers later -- they say certain points are like grease lightning when  it rains -- cars slipping all over the place.

There are three miles going south that needs to get done because they're unpaved.  "Well it's bumpy...it's hard to keep a gravel road that  gets this much traffic.  Have a lot of semi's coming in and out of here too," said Begle.

Dubuque County officials admit there were design issues from the start.  The paved portion was graded too wide and now it'll have to be narrowed to put in ditches -- allowing for drainage when it rains and snows.

With the recent buyout of the Skyline Construction contract -- this project which was already about $500,000 over budget, now is another $450,000 in the hole.  Supervisor's say the $500,000 was spent on materials that will be used for the undone three miles of the road. That makes project costs so far, $4.3 million.

Those in charge say the future project will be paid for with the local option sales tax.  

People in the area say they just want it to be over.  "It'd be nice if it was paved....again," added Begle.

It doesn't seem like neighbors in the area will soon get any relief.  Supervisors say it's questionable when it will be completely done.

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