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Neighbors Growing Together | Dec 17, 2017

County awarded $400,000 for traffic and safety improvements

Nov 15, 2017

By Grace King, Mt. Pleasant News

 

Rumble strips and two-foot shoulders will be added to a six-mile stretch of County Highway J20 thanks to funds from the State Office of Traffic and Safety.

Henry County engineer Jake Hotchkiss said that the county applied for and was awarded $440,000 to continue their safety improvement plan. Hotchkiss said that studies have shown adding a safety edge and rumble strips drastically reduced the number of crashes.

“The state and (Federal government) is really pushing for it right now by awarding funds on these kinds of projects,” Hotchkiss said.

The six miles of road will be on J20 from Highway 218 East to X23. This improvement is a part of the county’s year 2020 paving improvement project, which will eventually include guard rails along the road when the funds are secured, Hotchkiss said.

No additional dirt will be needed for the project, but Hotckiss said he will revisit the need once the county is able to put in guard rails.

The county continued with their sign reflectivity project last week, which improves the reflectivity of signs at night in Henry County. This work usually takes six to eight weeks to complete.

Other road improvement projects last week included:

— Hauling resurfacing rock to New London

— Maintenance work at Oakland Mills Bridge

— Repair to the guardrail on Salem Rd. where a car struck it a few weeks ago

— Erosion control on Nebraska Ave.

In other news during the supervisors meeting, Henry County auditor Shelly Barber reviewed city council election results and the use of the new electronic pollbooks, which were mandated by the Secretary of State to replace registration tablets this year.

Barber said overall in each township, there was a very sad turnout of registered voters. Mt. Pleasant only had a 3 percent turnout of registered voters, with a total of only 176 people voting, including absentee ballots.

Barber continued that a reason for the low voter turnout in most of the towns was that there were no contested races, except for in New London, which was at an all-time high for voter turnout with 36 percent of voters casting ballots.

The other towns had the following voter turnout: Rome — 15 percent; Westwood — 26 percent; Salem — 24 percent; Hillsboro — 27 percent; Winfield — 19 percent; Olds — 10 percent; Wayland — 15 percent; and Coppock — 10 percent.

The next Board of Supervisors meeting will be Thursday, Nov. 16.

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