A few items of interest that the Commission has been working on are below.
• I am sure that everyone who travels Main St. in Troy is aware that the road has been closed for the replacement of the bridge at the intersection of Main and Annie Ave. Having been in the unenviable position of having to close a road for bridge replacement on a number of occasions, I would ask everyone to please be patient throughout the process. Trust me, Mayor Cross and the Board of Aldermen don’t want the closure to last any longer than it has to and are doing everything they can to expedite the process. We can’t lose sight of the fact that PUBLIC SAFETY is the driving force behind this project, and I hope we can all agree that a temporary inconvenience to ensure everyone’s safety is a worthwhile endeavor.
• Preliminary work has been completed and Phase 1 of our 5-year plan to convert gravel roads to hard surface roads is underway. The roads that are included in this year’s program are below along with the length to be surfaced.
o North Chantilly Rd. (.68 miles)
o Blackmore Rd. (.78 miles)
o South Chantilly Rd. (1.3 miles from Brevator to Ethington)
o Kamp Rd. (.51 miles)
o Zoar Church Rd. (1.99 miles)
o Giles Rd. (.65 miles from Highway 47 to Trackside Farm)
o Trackside Farm Rd. (.49 miles)
o Witte Rd. (.76 miles)
o South Moore School Rd. (2.23 miles)
o Linns Mill Rd. (1.6 miles)
o Himmel Rd. (.41 miles)
o Bethel Rd. (1.35 miles from Prairie Rd. north)
o Prairie Rd. (4.58 miles)
o Jacks Rd. (.99 miles)
• We are currently at 150 miles of hard surface road and 330 miles of gravel. At the conclusion of the 5-year plan those figures should be 250 and 230 miles respectively. Replacing rough, dusty gravel roads with a smooth, hard surface not only makes life better for those living on these roads, but it also makes Lincoln County more desirable to potential residents and developers.
• For those of you who travel Hampel Rd. south of Cappel Elementary, you will be delighted to hear that we have entered into an agreement with McClure Engineering to design and oversee the re-decking of the bridge just north of Adelhardt Rd. The project will require a closure, which we hope to execute as soon as school gets out in 2019. In the interim, we will place temporary patch material to get us through to construction.
That’s all I have time for now. As always, call, e-mail or stop by the Courthouse if you have questions. Until next week…