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Road work ahead!

Township and county road projects get underway

PRINCETON — It seems summer weather is here to stay, and with the new season comes a new list of county road construction projects.

Bureau County Highway Engineer John Gross sat down earlier this week to review the various projects that have been selected for Summer 2014.

Along with the county road projects, the highway department also oversees township road construction projects, which are already been underway.

Gross said the costs of the township projects comes out of township budgets, not the county’s budget.

Township projects include sealcoat spraying and oiling about 50 miles worth of roadway in various parts of the county. The cost to complete the sealcoat comes in at around $700,000. Various township roads are also getting new hot mix asphalt, which will cost about $600,000.

On the county list, there are three major projects that will be completed this summer.

The first, will be applying hot mix asphalt on a three-mile portion of County Highway 10, or otherwise known as the Mineral Blacktop. The cost of this project comes in around $350,000 and is expected to begin June 13 and take three weeks to complete. During construction, Gross expects traffic to be routed down to a one-lane road at times, depending on the day.

The second major county project will be a bridge replacement in Manlius Township on 1950 North Avenue. The cost of the replacement tallies around $300,000 and is expected to begin June 13 and take 10 weeks to complete. Gross said the road will be closed down, and traffic will have to be rerouted around construction.

The third major project is reconstructing a section of County Highway 27, otherwise known as Dover Road. The project will involve full-depth road reclamation, extensive ditching, a culvert replacement, and building up the sub-base of the road. As the project is still in the planning stages, Gross has yet to hone in on the exact dollar rate for the project but is currently looking at a price tag of $160,000. The project is expected to start at the end of the month and finish at the end of September.

Gross said drivers need to be extra cautious when driving through construction zones. It’s important to slow down and watch out for construction workers on the road. It can’t be said enough to be aware of the surroundings, read the road signs and be careful of the heavy equipment that may be on site.

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