On Tuesday morning, June 18, Tama County Engineer Lyle Brehm reported to the board of supervisors his department is continuing to deal with the recovery from flood damage.
Two of the roads near the Iowa River still being worked on are P Avenue near Long Point, southeast of Tama, and E Avenue (Slaughterhouse) road. Both roads required significant work. Longpoint will likely take another three-five good working days. The Slaughterhouse road will take another one to two days
The heavy rain caused the loss of a bridge on W Avenue between 200th and 210th Street southwest of Dysart. The bridge is still standing but the south end is a foot lower than it used to be. It appears to have additional movement since the initial damage and is no longer safe for anyone to cross.
P Avenue north of the Longpoint bridge over the Iowa River is checked by law enforcement, Tama firefighters and EMS?crew during a what turned out to be a successful river rescue on May 31 at the height of flooding. Rescuers had to launch boats from this point, about a mile north of the river that day. Work is reported now progressing to repair the roadway.
Another bridge was recently lost on Abbott Avenue north of Iowa 96, west of Gladbrook. The north abutment failed for some reason, causing the north end of the bridge to fall into the stream. This bridge is on the Marshall County Line.
The Tama County agreement with Marshall County calls for sharing the expenses of repairing the bridge, but Marshall County will oversee the repairs.
Work is continuing on a box culvert replacement of a bridge on 370th Street just west of Highway T47. The old bridge is removed and the contractor was working on the floor of the box on Tuesday.
Brehm said he anticipates the asphalt resurfacing will start this week north of Gladbrook on Highway T47.
The project is one of three TIF-financed through the Vienna Wind Farm area.
A contractor will grind up the top four inches of the existing asphalt and lay it right back down again. The ground asphalt will be covered with about three inches of new asphalt a few weeks later. Traffic will be allowed to drive on the ground asphalt before the new asphalt is place. Traffic will be restricted to one-lane during the working time.
Work on Highway D65 near Dinsdale will likely begin the second week of July, weather permitting, it was reported.
A vote of 3-0 was made to re-appropriate $100 in funds to the county home budget. County Auditor Laura Kopsa told supervisors she had two bills which amounted to just under $100 but was slightly over the amount in their account.
A utility permit was approved for Precision Underground Utilities out of Cambridge, Iowa, for work to be done on Abbott Avenue in the western part of Tama County.
Claims approved for payment for the past week totaled $410,561.