The Ottumwa Courier

Wapello County

October 11, 2013

Wapello County's 'perfect storm of paving'

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The Board of Supervisors waits until the proper time to put in for a bond issue, and this time they got lucky that the timing of the state mental health reform fell right in line with the road situation.

“We wait until it is timely, and we just fell into this one,” Parker said.

According to Parker, never again will they be able to find the necessary funds for a project at the precise time that the need arises, so this situation “is a perfect storm.”

The construction on the three county roads began a few weeks ago, and currently Competine Road is the only one of the three that has been entirely completed. The resurfacing of Blakesburg Road is done, with lines coming soon, and the patchwork on Eldon Floris Road is completed with resurfacing to start immediately. The construction for all three roads will be done in the next few weeks, according to Parker.

Once completed, those who use the roads will have nice surfaces to drive on for the next several years. According to Parker, the money from the mental health reform will be enough to cover the paving and the maintenance required for the reconstruction.

— To see reporter Josh Vardaman's Twitter feed, go to @CourierJosh

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