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Calls for 'total restoration of Tama County Road D65 in 2011

February 18, 2010
Toledo Chronicle, Tama News-Herald
Editor,

Highway D65 was scheduled in 2005 for completion in 2006. Highway D65 is supporting two major grain terminals with only the access, unfortunately, is embargoed Highway D65. Estimated grain hauling is 9 million bushels per year (9,000 semi-truck loads). These trucks are forced to use alternative and secondary roads. Traer, Reinbeck, Gladbrook, Lincoln fire departments, school buses, emergency vehicles, plus any other vehicles aware of this road are forced to use secondary roads.

Gladbrook-Reinbeck shuttle buses are required to drive on hard-surface roads only, the county has forced the shuttle buses to drive on secondary roads. If a shuttle bus has an accident on a secondary road and there are students injured or killed you are toying with very serious liability.

I have spoken with an attorney concerning this manner. I would insist you salt and sand the secondary roads the shuttle buses are forced to drive on.

Our plan calls for the total restoration of Highway D65 to be completed in 2011. Using resurfacing estimates of Highway E69 and E43, which would amount to 4 million dollars to be paid in 2010 & 2011. I would recommend E43 be put on hold for several years.

Estimated cost for D65 is 5 1/2 million. This project would begin in 2010 and be completed in 2011. This would leave an unpaid balance of 1 1/2 million dollars to be paid in 2012. At this point exercise the bond that I have provided. At 1% interest amounting to $15,00 for a year. We are trying to fund this project with no extra cost to the taxpayer.

At Monday’s Tama Co. Supervisors meeting a gentleman petitioning for Highway E43, stating that potholes were very bad and causing damage to vehicles. I would agree with that statement. I drove Highway E43 several weeks ago and observed six potholes on the south lane and four potholes on the north lane. In my opinion eight pails of asphalt would take care of the problem at a minimal cost to taxpayers at $150 to $250.

Highway D65 has more serious problems as there are speed bumps 20 feet wide and four to five inches high, with up to 300 in one mile of the highway.

Grundy County does not mow any secondary road ditches . They believe this is strictly cosmetic and I agree. Tama County mows all secondary road ditches at a cost of $35,000-$45,000 a year. This would pay the $15,000 interest on the one-year bond and have funds left over.

I have presented a workable plan for the construction of Highway D65. Obviously the Tama Co. Engineer and Tama Co. Board of Supervisors don’t agree. Perhaps it will take a change of county government to fulfill this project in 2011. 472 petitioners agree with this proposal. Other concerned people include Superintendents of G-R and North Tama Schools; Lincoln, Gladbrook, Reinbeck and Traer fire chiefs; Gladbrook-Lincoln and Traer Ambulance crews stating this road is in need of immediate repair.

Russell Greiner

Rural Reinbeck
 
 

 

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