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Work begins July 10 on Oakland Mills bridge

Jun 21, 2017

By Brooks Taylor, Mt. Pleasant News


It’s nearly here.

Construction will close the Franklin Avenue bridge over the Skunk River at Oakland Mills on Monday, July 10, Henry County Engineer Jake Hotchkiss told the Henry County supervisors Tuesday.

Hotchkiss said the bridge will be closed for five weeks and traffic will be routed on county road W55 (Franklin Avenue) to U.S. Highway 218 from Salem to Mt. Pleasant and vice versa.

Bridge work will include repairing both the north and south abutments and redoing the expansion joints among other things, the engineer said.

Dormark Construction Co. is the general contractor for the project.

In more construction news, Hotchkiss said Winfield Avenue remains closed to thru traffic from Iris Street to Grand Avenue. The contractor has removed pavement, installed sub-drains and is hauling the modified sub-base this week. The paving contractor will be moving in later this week to set up the string line and it is hoped paving will begin early next week on the first phase.

While the paving contractor is working, the grading contractor will start setting intakes, Hotchkiss said, and storm sewer pipe on the second phase of the three-phase cost-shared project between the county and city.

The engineer also said that access to the Pilot Service Center, Detrick’s Truck & Trailer Service, Liquid-Grow, the mini-storage, Sandeen Seeds and East End Automotive all remain open for business with access permitted from Grand Avenue. “I want people to know these businesses are still open and there is access,” Hotchkiss stressed.

An engineering report is completed for the former City of Mt. Union, and Hotchkiss said he will be submitting resolutions to the supervisors soon for speed and stop signs.

Eventually, the county will be vacating some alleys and streets in Mt. Union, Hotchkiss said, a matter which already has received inquiries from Mt. Union residents.

“People have contacted me asking when we are going to sell the alleys,” Henry County Auditor Shelly Barber said.

“Our main concern are the utilities and easements,” Hotchkiss said.

The bid for two new county maintenance buildings in Wayland and Winfield was awarded to W-3 Construction of Washington for a total cost of $265,713. The contract includes an alternate to install LED lighting in the buildings.

Greiner Buildings, Inc., of Washington submitted the other bid, which was $272,000. The engineer’s estimate for the buildings was $278,000.

Bids will be opened during the supervisors’ July 11 meeting for the county’s petroleum contracts. Bidders will have the option of a two-year contract.

The largest project last week for the secondary roads department was repair work on bridge 188 on Quincy Avenue. The department stabilized the banks adjacent to the bridge.

Hotchkiss also said workers installed and updated “no trespassing” signs at the quarry. “The neighbors said they have seen some people trespassing (at the quarry), so we are going to put up more signs for liability and safety reasons,” he noted.

Last week’s road maintenance work included: painting edge lines on paved roads; mowing shoulders on gravel roads; spraying stone shoulders on paved roads; and completing the ditching project on 310th Street.

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


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