The Ottumwa Courier

Southeast Iowa

March 13, 2014

Van Buren OKs road projects

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Supervisor Ted Nixon said although the road could be re-built, “it’s a matter of economics. It would cost $8 million to rebuild the road on that stretch of V64.”

“But I’m not calling for a complete overhaul,” said Waugh. “I’m just trying to compare cost of concrete versus asphalt and the longevity.”

Mark Meek said he would agree that the county would get longevity with concrete. “You would have 20 years extra with the concrete.” However, he said, the problems with the no shoulder don’t lend itself to using concrete on V64.

In other news, the Iowa DOT made its counter offer in the transfer of jurisdiction of Highway 98.

The state offered $2.145 million, which would be payable in FY2016. “They don’t see that amount going much higher,” Barrett said. “The DOT noted that the bridge project at Douds is probably close to $6 million, which is more than what was previously told the county.”

“They may think it’s a good deal, but we’re getting a chunk of road forever,” said Supervisor Ted Nixon.

Initially, the DOT had offered $1.5 million. The county asked the DOT for $1.5 million per mile, or $2.865 million.

The supervisors will meet with the DOT on March 24 for a road tour of Highway 98.

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