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Winfield Avenue, shoulder-pulling projects nearly finished

Sep 06, 2017

By Brooks Taylor, Mt. Pleasant News


Henry County Engineer Jake Hotchkiss said there is light at the end of the tunnel regarding the Winfield Avenue reconstruction project.

And that light will shine brightly soon should everything go according to plan.

“We’re getting closer (to the completion of the project),” Hotchkiss told county supervisors Tuesday. “I won’t give you a date but it will be (completed) by the end of the month.”

The contractor is pouring modified sub-base this week and there is a slight chance the final section of the project will be paved Friday, but more likely Monday, he said.

Hotchkiss said there were some “surprises” which prevented placing the modified sub-base last week.

Businesses along the road are open and can be accessed from Grand Avenue.

County secondary-roads crews will be starting a new project Sept. 11. A concrete crossroad pipe will be installed on Iowa Avenue between 265th Street and Harvest Drive. Work also involves pavement patching once the new pipe is installed. Hotchkiss said he anticipates that the stretch of road will be closed for two to three weeks depending on the weather.

“The metal arch pipe there (on Iowa Avenue) separated and rotted out,” the engineer said. “The pipe has been rusted out for over a year.

“We are doing the work ourselves,” he continued, “and will move as fast as we can.”

Shoulder pulling by county crews is nearly finished. Currently, work is being done on Benton Avenue and another mile should be completed this week, the engineer said. Following the completion of work on Benton, crews will move to Agency Road which will be the last shoulder-pulling project of the year.

Last week’s projects by secondary-roads employees included blading roads; rocking shoulders on Merrimac Road for short asphalt paving; hauling resurfacing rock to New London Township; mowing shoulders along roads; working on small ditching projects; replacing crossroad pipe and patching a culvert.

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

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