OTTUMWA — Road construction in Wapello County will be taking on a different look in the next three years.
On Tuesday, County Engineer Brian Moore told the Wapello County Board of Supervisors bridge replacement will be a high priority. “We’ll have a heavy dose of bridge work,” he said.
During the five-year period, the county estimates it will spend more than $10 million dollars on secondary road constructions.
Moore’s comments were a part of the discussion concerning the submission of Wapello County’s Secondary Road Construction program to the Iowa Department of Transportation.
In 2015, bridges that will be replaced include: on J15 Eldon Floris Road over the Des Moines River; 118th Avenue over Cedar Creek; 225th Avenue over Middle Avery Creek; 110th Street over Buckeye Creek; 118th Avenue over Village Creek and pipe culverts on 90th Street over Sugar Creek.
Other 2015 road work includes the paving H21 from Chillicothe corporation limit to the existing Rock Bluff pavement.
2016 bridge projects include: 200th Avenue over Avery Creek; box culverts from section 21-71-12 to section 21-71-12 and 100th Avenue over Little Cedar Creek.
2107 bridge projects on the five-year plan include: 230th Avenue over Bear Creek; 15th Street over Brush Creek; on V41 Farson Road over Compentine Creek; 28th Street over Chippews Greek and 180th Street over Competine Creek.
2018 projects on the schedule include: H21 Whiskey Ridge over Creek; on 120th Street over local creek; and in 2019, box culverts will be replaced on Bladensburg Road.
In other business, supervisors:
• Approved upgrading the county attorney’s phone system.
• Approved the purchase of three tandem axle dump trucks for the Secondary Road Department at a cost of $162,769 each. The three replace dump trucks that were purchased in the late 1980s.