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Roads Department purchasing new vehicles with LRTF grants

Last week road maintenance routine despite storm
Sep 05, 2018

By Grace King, Mt. Pleasant News

 

The Henry County Road Department is receiving two new vehicles for their operations with the help of two living roadway trust fund grants.

The grant agreement and purchase of the vehicles was approved during a Board of Supervisors meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 4. The department will be purchasing a Dodge heavy duty truck and a Norstar sprayer that will coincidentally replace the one damaged in an accident on July 27 on Franklin Ave.

County Engineer Jake Hotchkiss said they had applied for the grant for the truck and sprayer before the accident.

The truck will assist the department in seeding, spraying and brush cutting. The grant for the truck was $10,000.

The sprayer is used to spray stone shoulders and manage brush in ditches. The grant for the sprayer was $15,000. “It’s something we use every year,” Hotchkiss said.

Additionally, road maintenance last week was routine despite a bad storm on Tuesday, Aug. 28. Hotchkiss said they anticipated a lot of work cleaning up county roads Wednesday morning, Aug. 29, but they “didn’t have a lot going on.” Instead, they assisted the city in cleaning up debris.

“We were fortunate, and the city helps us out a lot. We thought we should offer them our help too,” Hotchkiss said. “It was very impressive to see everyone work together on that. It’s a testament to the community and the county.”

This week, the department will finish shoulder pull work on 130th Street and begin rocking on Wednesday, Sept. 5.

Road patches on Mediapolis Road are completed and waiting on the contractor for overlay.

Iowa Bridge and Culvert closed Gabriel and 130th Street yesterday and began replacing two culverts. They will move on to other locations after that.

The Ash Avenue bridge replacement project will begin next week, weather dependent.

Highway 78 is now open to traffic.

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