County will be working on four bridge projects this year
By STEPH TAHTINEN
Mt. Pleasant News
There are four bridge projects in the works, according to Henry County Engineer Bill Belzer’s weekly update to the board of supervisors on Tuesday morning.
Crews are already working on a project northeast of Winfield on Quaker Avenue to convert a bridge to a low water crossing. Belzer noted that the bridge is already gone and there is a little more excavation work to be done before the low water crossing is constructed.
In the future, a bridge just south of that one will be widened. However, work will not be started on that bridge until after the planting season.
Work is also planned for what is known as Gholson’s Bridge on 230th Street, just west of Oasis Avenue. Belzer noted that this bridge has already been closed and the county is waiting for the water to go down.
Next year, work will begin on the Oasis Avenue bridge over Big Creek. Belzer said he wants to hold the bid letting in December, which would allow work to be started around late April to early May 2014.
“That would ensure it would be done by harvest season,” said Belzer, who said he doesn’t want to affect both planting and harvest season.
In the meantime, a scrape test still needs to be completed on that bridge. Belzer explained that crews would scrape paint or rust off of the bottom of the bridge and it will be tested for lead. The results will then be included in the information given to bidders.
In other business, the supervisors:
• Approved a resolution for the county to hire a permanent part-time receptionist in the county attorney’s office.
• Held a public hearing on a master matrix-level hog confinement planned to be built at 1660 Highway 78, which is just west of Olds. There is already one building at this location, and another building will be added to expand the size from 996 animal units to 2,000 animal units. There were no comments received. A resolution to approve the plans will be acted on at Thursday’s board of supervisors meeting.
• Appointed Larry D. Roth to the Henry County Historic Preservation Commission.