December 9, 2015

Roadwork completion draws mixed reaction

By Daniel Arens

Over the last year, several major road projects have occurred around the county. But now, with the year’s end county review of the status of the roads, there was a mixture of the good, the bad, and the ugly.
The county approved releasing the contractors who have worked on County Roads 17 and 21, complimenting the work that has been done on those roads. However, two other county roads did not receive the same kind of praise.
Work on County 15 is largely wrapped up, but the Mercer County Commission held that the grading of the road was not to standard, pointing specifically to the intersection of the county road and an old haul road. The commission moved to send a letter to Coteau Properties Mine, which is in charge of ensuring the road is maintained to standard.
County Road 25 has problems with the fences along the road which were placed by the fencing contractor, as well as remaining soft spots on the road, movement along the sides of the road, and the possibility of heaving in the future. The commission moved to put together a punch list of issues they want to see addressed before releasing the contractor.
Two bid lettings were held during the course of the county meeting. The first bids were for paving of County Road 25, where a series of six bids came in between just over $3 million and just under $4 million.


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