Iowa Avenue facing closure for work on bridge approaches
By MEGAN COOPER
Mt. Pleasant News
“Iowa Avenue will be facing a road closure soon,” said Jake Hotchkiss, Henry County engineer, during the Henry County Board of Supervisors meeting Tuesday.
“We will begin work on the bridge approaches and we hope to begin that work by the week of Oct. 7. Once we begin work, we are looking at about two weeks, that’s what we were led to believe by the contractor, but we hope to get it done quicker than that,” Hotchkiss said. “If the weather is right for us, which right now it looks like it will be, I don’t anticipate two weeks.”
Hotchkiss, after the discussion of the road closure, discussed the upcoming bridge inspections. “I sent out a letter to five bridge consultants based on the list I had. They sent back their qualifications and now I’m analyzing that information and will ask a couple of them to send me a proposal/cost estimate if they were to perform the inspections,” Hotchkiss said.
He then discussed what he was looking for in these consultants. “I am looking at the staffing levels they have, experience they have with inspections and the scope of work I am wanting – how best can they meet that? Money does come into play, but it’s not the biggest issue when you are looking at bridge inspections. I want to bring my recommendation to you on the best consultant available based on the criteria,” said Hotchkiss.
Currently, the plan is to have the recommendation presented to the board before the end of Oct.
Last week saw the end of the work on the low-water crossing. “The road was opened to traffic on Thursday,” Hotchkiss informed the board.
The weather last week also allowed for more work to be completed on the shoulders. “We continued working on the shoulders of paved roads, pulling them up for winter and we also bladed the gravel roads. We are trying to get them tied down with the moisture we have to work with,” Hotchkiss said.
Finally, Hotchkiss informed the board that Preston Ready Mix, the contractor for the Quarry Letting job, sent its contract back. “They have everything in order for us and we should be good to go on that,” Hotchkiss finished.
Marc Lindeen, vice-chairman of the board, moved to approve the request from NAMI for a donation. Greg Moeller, board member, seconded the movement and it was approved. The board agreed to donate a one-time donation of $2,500 to the organization. There were some stipulations to the donation, but the board had that all taken care of.
“On Oct. 22, there will be a Extreme Entrepreneurship Event at Catfish Bend Casino,” See informed the board. “The event will feature entrepreneurs in their 20s who have achieved success. They will have videos and panel discussions about how they achieved this success.” The event begins at 9:30 a.m. and some local districts are taking students.
The board will meet again on Thursday, Sept. 26 at 9 a.m.