The Ottumwa Courier

Southeast Iowa

September 11, 2013

Overlay project to begin in Van Buren Co.

KEOSAUQUA — Work will begin this week on an overlay project on two county roads, according to County Engineer Dave Barrett.

The board of supervisors Monday changed a road back to Level A from Level B and set the date for bids to be returned for rental of the county farm.

Barrett told supervisors about the schedule of the projects, given to him by Norris Asphalt, which holds the contract for two blacktop overlays in Van Buren County.

Norris Asphalt schedule on Highway J40 (Harmony blacktop):

Cold in place: Sept. 9-14 (sub-contracted)

Milling: Week of Sept. 30

Patching: Week of Sept. 30

Fabric: Later in the week of Sept. 30

Overlay: Week of Sept. 30

Shoulders: Week of Oct. 7.

Norris Asphalt schedule on Highway V64 (Lebanon to Highway 2)

Cold in place: Sept. 16-21 (sub-contracted)

Milling: Week of Oct. 7

Overlay: Week of Oct. 7

Shoulders: Week of Oct. 14.

The cold in place “takes the top 3 inches of asphalt off, pulverizes it and then puts it back with asphalt oil added with it,” Barrett said.

The supervisors also discussed three other roads that need repairs.

• Barrett gave supervisors the county’s balance in the farm-to-market fund. The county’s actual balance is $1,738,853.87. After the asphalt projects this fall, that balance will shrink to $1,372,342, which is 2.04 years of credit. The county could borrow ahead for five years totaling $4,729,022.

Supervisors asked Barrett to come up with plans to use much of that borrow authority on three projects next year: V64 from Leando to Lebanon; a portion of the J16 Stockport to Birmingham road (around the “S” curve) and W40 north of Bonaparte.

“I would say those are the priorities in that order,” said Supervisor Ted Nixon.

The V64 stretch is eight miles and would probably cost $2 million by itself, supervisors and Barrett estimated.

While J16 is in need of attention, the trouble spot is an “S” curve, Nixon stated, after driving the road last week.

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