Plans nearing completion for paving project
BY BROOKS TAYLOR
Mt. Pleasant News
Preliminary plans have been completed for the Winfield Avenue paving project, Henry County Engineer Jake Hotchkiss told county supervisors Tuesday morning.
The reconstruction is a cost-share project with the City of Mt. Pleasant. The Mt. Pleasant City Council approved the 28E agreement with the county during its Nov. 22 meeting and the supervisors did likewise Tuesday morning.
Removal and replacement of existing concrete is included in the project. The reconstruction area is from Grand Avenue east to the Highway 218 overpass. The county’s share of the project is about one mile (from halfway between Grand and Iris Street to the overpass), some of which will include curb-and-gutter from Grand to Iris to conform with the city’s construction plans. The remainder will be 26-foot wide pavement.
Under terms of the 28E agreement, the county and city will split the cost of the plans. The county will also pay 100 percent of the inspection cost while construction costs will be a 60-40 split with the county picking up 60 percent of the cost.
Hotchkiss said he would use funds from the farm-to-market account for the county’s cost of the project.
“We will also be replacing two pipes and clean up the right-of-way area,” Hotchkiss said.
The engineer said he is hoping for a February bid letting but said he is at the mercy of the Iowa Department of Transportation (IDOT). “If we have to wait on IDOT, the letting probably will be pushed back to March.”
On other projects, Hotchkiss said rock crushing at the quarry is going well and work on the new county territory shed on Oasis Avenue should be completed on Thursday.
Projects handled by the secondary-roads crew last week included mowing shoulders on gravel roads; working on various tile issues in the county right-of-way; clearing weeds around bridges and guardrails; grinding bumps in the road between Salem and Hillsboro; and hauling resurfacing rock to Baltimore Township.
Supervisors will not meet Thursday due to the fall Iowa State Association of Counties (ISAC) workshop and school in Des Moines. The next regular meeting of the board will be Tuesday, Dec. 6, at 9 a.m., in the Henry County Courthouse.