The Ottumwa Courier

Southeast Iowa

May 14, 2014

State to pay Van Buren County $2.3 million for road

KEOSAUQUA — The Van Buren County Board of Supervisors have approved an agreement with the Iowa DOT to transfer the jurisdiction of Highway 98 to the county. The state will pay the county $2.3 million.

Supervisors recently conducted a public hearing on the transfer.

Marvin Cox was present to observe the meeting and comment on the present condition of Highway 98. He asked, “What is going to be done to the road before it is given to the county?” Cox commented that the road was not smooth and needed attention.

Jim Armstrong, representing the Iowa DOT said, “We’ll have routine maintenance until July 2016. We don’t have anything planned rather than routine patches.”

There were no other comments, written or oral.

Armstrong said there is an option for the county to take over the road earlier than July 2016, if it chose to. He said the contractor expects to have the deck paved on the Des Moines River bridge project at Douds in July, perhaps sooner.

“The bridge deck might be poured in June,” Armstrong said.

The county received two proposals to study V64 south of Douds and recommend options for improvements to the road. French Reneker’s proposal was for $10,600, and Warner Engineering submitted a proposal for $17,500. Supervisors took the matter under advisement. Steve Hausner of French-Reneker Associates was also present.

Hausner explained how surveys would be done and that at the end of the study, the firm would develop options for supervisors.

Cores from the W40 blacktop north of Bonaparte were shown to the supervisors. The county plans to put a new overlay on the road next year.

County engineer Dave Barrett showed the cores to a representative from the asphalt paving association. He recommended milling a top layer of 2 inches and putting a cold patch in place. Barrett said it would mean that the road would be 1 inch higher after the overlay.

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