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Road Department applying for grant for temporary traffic signals

Signals would improve safety of crews
Aug 08, 2018

By Grace King, Mt. Pleasant News


Henry County is applying for a grant to purchase temporary traffic signals for the Road Department to use during maintenance activity around the county, improving safety for flaggers, maintenance workers and the public.

The traffic signals would be shared with Washington and Keokuk counties, with funds from the Traffic Safety Improvement Program covering the entire cost of the project.

County Engineer Jake Hotchkiss said the traffic signals could be used for anything from an emergency concrete patch to work on bridges and would allow the county another way of doing traffic control around these construction projects. “Especially if we’re short on manpower,” he said during a Board of Supervisors meeting on Tuesday, Aug. 7.

Down the line, Hotchkiss said the county could look into potentially acquiring more traffic controls if they get a lot of use out of the shared one. The lights run off solar energy and have a battery pack. They are meant for daytime use only.

Today, Wednesday, Aug. 8, the Road Department will begin a shoulder pull project on 150th Street off Franklin Avenue and traveling east, weather dependent. They also will be working on Lexington Avenue between 185th Street and 195th Street on a project that will take three to four weeks to complete.

A preconstruction meeting with Iowa Bridge and Culvert regarding the tied box culvert project will be held Aug. 20.

This past week, the Road Department was kept busy continuing flagging operations for Grout Scouts as they worked on Franklin Avenue last week.

Territory operators were out blading, continued mowing shoulders and bladed and rolled Merrimac Road for a final pass.

On Tuesday, July 31, territory operators worked on a couple of downed trees, checked dust control locations and started boom mowing and spraying.

Wednesday, Aug. 1 and Thursday, Aug. 2 was much of the same as territory operators continued boom mower operations, flagging for Grout Scouts and mowing shoulders. They also worked on a shoulder and bank stabilization on 312th Street.

Friday, Aug. 3, territory operators replaced an entrance near Oakland Mills.

In other news, county supervisors approved plans for the Noble Acres subdivision in section two of Jefferson Township.

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