County HIghway Department buildingThe County Highway Department has been busy this summer working on improvements to many county roadways.

Highway Superintendent Jason Peters told the Commissioners on Monday that several more projects have been completed.  He detailed each one: Thorn Road was wedged and leveled from where the chip and seal project ended; 17B Road from US 331 to Cedar Road was completed; Walsh and Kelly completed Pine Road from 7B to 7th Road; 1st Road between Lilac Road and Miami Road was wedged and leveled in spots and they wedged and leveled 8th Road from US 331 to the County Line.

The county hired a company to crack seal Fir Road.  They completed the project under budget so Peters had them move over to Veterans Parkway and finish out the contract amount.  He also said his employees have finished hauling millings from E & B Paving.

The Highway Superintendent reminded the commissioners that E & B Paving will be doing King Road from 10th Road to the E & B plant.  Walsh and Kelly has 11th Road from South Michigan Road west to the railroad tracks yet to do and also Castle Drive from 11th Road to Lopine.  He said these projects will be completed yet this year.

Marshall County also has several bridge projects in process. Peters presented contracts for Acquisition Services and LPA Consulting for the 11th Road Bridge and South Upas Road Bridge over the Yellow River with USI.  Peters said INDOT has already reviewed the contracts and the commissioners signed the agreements.  The final bridge project is on King Road.  The construction engineering inspection contract has been received.  Peters will send it to INDOT for review before asking the commissioners to approve it.

The Highway Superintendent said during the meeting, “Just something to keep in mind.  For every federal aid project there are at least three different phases: preliminary engineering, right-of-way acquisition and construction and inspections.  Each part will have a contract.”