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Neighbors Growing Together | Nov 21, 2017

Engineer’s office plans inspection of signs

Nov 01, 2017

By Brooks Taylor, Mt. Pleasant News

 

Henry County Engineer Jake Hotchkiss is sending a pair of employees on a nighttime mission.

Hotchkiss told the Henry County supervisors Tuesday that the county will be testing the reflectivity of its 4,200 roadside signs. “We do this every other year at night,” he began. “It goes pretty quickly at night.”

One of the individuals doing the inspecting must be at least 60 years of age, the engineer said.

“We inspect the signs in the fall and replace them in the spring,” Hotchkiss explained. “Each time we have done this, we have replaced fewer signs.”

The other pressing issue faced by the secondary-roads crew, the engineer said was the grading of Nebraska Avenue before winter.

Iowa Bridge & Culvert completed pouring the second box culvert on Nebraska last week and were backfilling the area yesterday before removing its equipment from the site. County crews are grading Nebraska Avenue from the north to the south between 230th and 235th streets.

In other miscellaneous and construction news, the Iowa Department of Transportation completed work on the Oakland Mills bridge last week.

Construction of two new county sheds —— one at Wayland and the other at Winfield — is progressing, Hotchkiss said. “W-3 Construction has started framing the Wayland shed. The concrete contractor hopefully will pour the floor on the Winfield shed this week,” he reported.

Work by the secondary-roads department last week included: working on signs, continuing hydro-seeding; working on granular shoulder south of Salem on the curves; hauling resurfacing rock to Baltimore Township; and mowing shoulders of roads.

In an informational item, supervisors said they will be appointing the new county recorder and giving her the oath of office Friday at 8 a.m. Shirley Wandling, current recorder, announced her resignation (as of Nov. 2 at 4:30 p.m.) several weeks ago.

Supervisors meet again in regular session Thursday at 9 a.m. in the courthouse.

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