January 7, 2015

Hensler Road stays on county agenda

By Annette Tait

Road Superintendent Kyle Miller reported to the commissioners that quotes have been received for a flashing stop sign for the intersection where Hensler Road meets ND 25. There have been several incidents in recent weeks where the drivers have run the stop sign during foggy weather, and reports have been made to the county that the signage is not visible.
The commissioners discussed current signage on the approach to the intersection, whether there is a need for a flashing stop sign at that location, the sign installation at the north end of ND 48 where it meets ND 200, and the possibility of installing rumble strips prior to stop signs. It was noted that the county was told by the North Dakota Department of Transportation after a past inquiry about installing rumble strips that NDDOT would not allow them.
With that in mind, Husfloen asked Miller to check with NDDOT before taking further action on the flashing stop sign project.
Interviews were held with Ulteig Engineers and Kadrmas, Lee & Jackson, the two firms that bid on the second phase of the Hensler Road paving and shoulder work project. The commissioners had several questions about state and federal grant funds available for the project and whether costs could be spread over multiple budget years in the interest of fiscal responsibility. The commissioners and County Attorney John Mahoney will review the bid packets and county finvnces prior to determining how to proceed.

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