CLINTON — Clinton County Engineer Todd Kinney unveiled his 5-year plan for the secondary roads budget and construction program at a public hearing at the Board of Supervisors meeting this week.
Since county officials have known they would receive a 10-cent tax to use in the secondary road fund, they have planned for more projects both in fiscal year 2016 and in the four years after it. According to the FY16 accomplishment map, the County Engineering Department is planning to complete 11 projects in the next year. The county is planning for three bridge replacement projects and to complete several paving projects, including one at the entrance of the Marina Park on Rock Creek and 291st Street on U.S. 67. The engineering department will also work on rehabilitation and paving of Low Moor East Road. Kinney explained this will be a joint project with the city of Low Moor.
“It’s nice to have the additional funding and resources to be able to complete some of these projects,” Vice Chairman Dan Srp said.
Over FY17-20, the engineering department is planning on completing about 26 projects. Among the projects planned are a full-depth reclamation project. The project will contain a Hot-Mix Asphalt overlay to the Clinton city limits. Over the next four years, the engineering department is planning on completing 22 projects relating to the restoration of bridges. A majority of the projects include bridge replacement, but they will perform bridge rehab and bridge widening also.
Supervisor Shawn Hamerlinck stated the importance of the secondary road use tax fund in doing these projects, especially bridge and road maintenance. He asked Kinney what the department plans to do with regards to complaints about gravel on secondary roads.
“I just issued this year’s work order to the sign crew to go out and core the gravel roads and measure the aggregate thickness. So we started tracking that to try and get a little background information and a baseline,” Kinney said.
Kinney explained they are using the information to help track the gravel roads to measure the effectiveness of the gravel rock. After hearing from Kinney, the Supervisors adjourned from the public hearing and approved the county secondary road budget and 5-year construction program.
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