Supes okay plans for summer road project

The contracts will be let next month for a road project on County Road E-18 (130th St) from County Road P-29 (N Ave) east 2.2 miles toward Paton. The county supervisors approved the construction plans at their March 26 meeting.

The hot mix asphalt overlay will cost $400,000 per mile.

The asphalt overlay will be done before construction of a bridge over Buttrick Creek close to the east end of the project. Cost of the bridge is estimated at $750,000.

The bridge will not be built until August because there are Topeka shiners in the creek.
The projects are budgeted to come from the county’s share of state road use taxes. Weiss told the supervisors the county gets $1 million per year in road use taxes. The county is running a negative balance in the fund now because of the $2.2 million replacement of the Hyde Park bridge on County Road N-65 (D Ave) last summer.

Weiss is planning no large construction projects in FY20 to let the funding “catch up.” He plans to do an asphalt overlay on 4-1/2 miles of County Road E-57 between Highway 4 and County Road P-14 (J Ave) in FY21.

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