The Ottumwa Courier

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March 26, 2014

Roads, road work on supervisors' minds

KEOSAUQUA — The Van Buren County Supervisors viewed a draft of the transfer of jurisdiction agreement for Highway 98 with the Iowa DOT during its meeting earlier this week.

County Attorney Craig Miller reviewed the agreement and recommended changing it slightly to reference the new bridge that the DOT is building across the Des Moines River.

Also, the county, as part of the agreement, would have to apply to the DOT so that taking on another road doesn’t reduce the number of miles in the county’s farm to market system elsewhere. If the application is approved, then the number of miles is increased.

The agreement calls for the DOT to pay the county for 1.54 miles of road in the amount of $2,310,000. Highway 98 is actually 1.81 miles, but the DOT will not include the .27 miles that is part of the new bridge project.

Other county business discussed during the meeting included:

• County Engineer David Barrett presented an update on various road projects including dust control letter, DOT statement on material testing on V64 project, W40/V64 core samples, project agreement on Eagle Drive box culvert north of Leando, Tisdale SIDCA retention pond, shop expansion, Highway 98 transfer proposal, staff changes and truck/tractor purchases. Barrett said that DOT will do core samples of W40 and V64.

“We assume there are 7 inches of asphalt. Doing the core samples helps in the design of the project,” Barrett said.

Waugh asked about pouring cement instead of asphalt on V64. “I still don’t see why we couldn’t have cement,” Waugh said.

Barrett said, “The county could do cement north of Bonaparte on W40, but you don’t have enough shoulder on V64.”

Supervisor Mark Meek said, “The big thing with using cement is that you would have to shut down the road for at least 30 days.” Meek noted that “you would still have to mill off some to put 6 inches of concrete on.”

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