Engineer ready to begin work on Nebraska Avenue project
By Brooks Taylor, Mt. Pleasant News
Henry County’s Board of Supervisors took care of some preliminary details before work begins on a project on Nebraska Avenue.
The board, during its regular meeting Thursday, approved purchase of right-of-way on Nebraska Avenue for a grading and box culvert project, which will be done this spring.
County Engineer Jake Hotchkiss said two box culverts would be installed on Nebraska Avenue, north of U.S. Highway 34 and between 230th and 235th streets. A bid letting date of April 4 has been set for the half-mile project.
The engineer said the secondary-roads department has begun the transition from winter to spring. “We removed the snow wings from the trucks on March 6,” he began. “We generally do it about this time of the year. If it snows, we can handle it with what we have.”
One of the larger projects being undertaken by the department is crack filling on county road X23 from the Lee County line. “This takes a lot of people,” he assessed. “We usually contract this out, but this year we are trying to do it with available people, but might end up contracting some of it.”
Other work during the week of March 6-13 by secondary-road employees included working on a ditching project near Winfield; trimming bush and hauling spot rock to various locations around the county.
Hotchkiss said the deadline is today (Friday) for applications for the position of motor grader operator out of the Salem office. Applications can be viewed on the county’s website or picked up at the engineer’s office.
Supervisors meet again in regular session Tuesday, March 21, at 9 a.m., in the Henry County Courthouse.