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Tama County Supervisors hear bridge update

May 12, 2014
By Joyce Wiese - News-Herald Correspondent , Toledo Chronicle, Tama News-Herald

During the Monday, May 5, regular session of the Tama County Board of Supervisors members Larry Vest and Dan Anderson heard County Engineer Lyle Brehm fill them in on what the road crew is doing. Member Kendall Jordan was absent.

Brehm says much of the rock hauling has been done and continues to be done in preparation for dust control. The companies that place dust control notify the road department as to when they plan to apply the dust control. It is expected they will start application early this week and work into next week. The dust control companies must notify the Tama County Road department of their plans for application at least two weeks previous to the time of application in order to have the roads ready.

The Tama County Bridge Crew will be moving out to a bridge on B Avenue south of 200th Street on Wednesday, May 7. Engineer Brehm says they need to place additional piles on the four corners of the bridge to prevent it from being restricted to loads that would otherwise be legal on the road. This is near Gladbrook.

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Tama County Board of Supervisors (l-r) 1st District Larry Vest, 2nd District Kendall Jordan, 3rd District Dan Anderson.
News-Herald file/John Speer

The bridge on 230th Street between V Avenue and W Avenue, in Oneida Township, Sections three and ten, is a step closer to completion. About 210 cubic yards of concrete were placed on the deck Friday.

A bridge like this also has over 57,000 pounds of reinforcing steel in it. Additional loads can't be placed on the bridge until at least this coming Friday, May 9th. After that time, the contractor still needs to place the concrete for rails, and a considerable amount of grading needs to be completed. After so many days of the concrete curing, a test is taken to see if it has proper strength to handle heavy weights.

Stop Sign Vandalism Concerns Voiced

It was noted that a problem may be arising in the vandalism of stop signs. Several times stop signs have been knocked over. There is great concern from the supervisors when this happens.

Supervisors concern includes mostly the safety issue. Lack of a stop sign can be the cause of death if two cars happen to meet at the intersection at the same time with no sign indicating they should stop.

In other business on Monday the supervisors:

Approved a Liquor license for the Fox Ridge Winery, 1466 L Avenue, Traer. The new license will go into effect July 1, 2014.

Claims approved for the past week for payment came totaled $101,813.



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