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Oakland Mills bridge work expected to be completed by end of next week

Aug 02, 2017

By Brooks Taylor, Mt. Pleasant News


Dormark Construction Co. may make a lot of people happy at the end of next week if work is completed on the bridge over the Skunk River at Oakland Mills.

No longer will people traveling from the north have to take a long detour to go to either the Oakland Mills campground or Nature Center.

“We’re pushing to get the project completed by the end of next week,” Henry County Engineer Jake Hotchkiss told the Henry County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday. “It doesn’t look like a lot is going on out there but it is.”

The project began July 10 and was slated as a five-week project. Work included repairing the bridge abutments on both the north and south sides of the bridge.

Hotchkiss said Dormark was planning to install new bearing plates yesterday and would pour the remainder of the backwalls either today (Wed.) or tomorrow.

The county’s other major construction project — the reconstruction of Winfield Avenue between Grand Avenue and the U.S. Highway 218 overpass — is on schedule, the engineer said. “The pavement pour went well last week. Now, they are working on the curb-and-gutter from Iris Street to Grand Avenue which will take a while. Hopefully, in the next two weeks the pavement will be removed and grading completed on the next section.”

Access routes to businesses along the stretch of Winfield Avenue have been slightly altered. Access to the Pilot Travel Center is from Grand Avenue. The remaining businesses along the route — Liquid-Gro, mini-storage, Sandeen’s Pioneer Seeds and East End Automotive may be reached from Iris Street.

Secondary-roads workers are also working on a shoulder pull on Marsh Avenue from U.S. Highway 34 south to the intersection of Logan Avenue. Hotchkiss said about a mile had been completed and two miles remain.

Merrimac Road, west of Trenton, will be closed starting today, Hotchkiss noted. Crews will be removing about 600 feet of sealcoat, establishing a macadam stone base and reapplying sealcoat to the base. He said the project should be completed by Friday, dependent on weather. A detour has been established from Merrimac Road to 170th Street during the construction.

“We’re trying to make it safer to support the traffic on the road,” Hotchkiss explained.

Other road maintenance last week included mowing shoulders; working on concrete patches; spraying weeds; and working on signs.

Supervisor Vice-Chair Greg Moeller reported on the Southeast Iowa Regional Planning Commission (SEIRPC) Board of Directors meeting last week. Moeller said SEIRPC has 37 active loans, supporting 508 jobs, through its revolving loan fund. There are no delinquencies on any of the loans, he remarked.

Board members learned that a four-apartment upper-story project at 103 S. Jefferson St. in Mt. Pleasant is nearly completed. Two of the four apartments are three-bedroom units.

Other tidbits coming out of the meeting included Mt. Pleasant applying for a $276,420 recreational trails grant (to connect a trail at Ashford Park to one on Iris Street) and Hillsboro has requested help on a city code update.

Supervisors meet again tomorrow (Thurs.) at 9 a.m. in the Henry County Courthouse.

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