Road Plans Approved
Plans for the county’s next road reconstruction project were presented to the Palo Alto County Board of Supervisors during its weekly meeting Tuesday, Feb. 9. Palo Alto County Engineer Joel Fantz presented the plans to the board members for their approval in preparation for putting the plans out for bids.
“Here are the plans for the Ayrshire project,” Fantz told the supervisors as he presented the plans for their signatures. “We have set Tuesday, March 9, 2010, at 11 a.m. as the time for the bid letting, and we’ll open the bids here in the board room.”
According to the engineer, the contract will feature a late start date of May 5, and a total working day window of 105 working days. “I compressed the working days for this project because with all of the dirt work involved in this project, we will have about 20 days of paving, which is going to fall around October.”
The project, the reconstruction of county road B53 east from Ayrshire to Iowa Highway Four, has several areas of major dirt work, including some frost boil areas that would need to be completely cored out. All told, the project is just under eight miles in length and will feature Portland Concrete Cement widening and reconstruction along the same lines as projects on B14 and N60 at Graettinger and Depew.
“Our letting is a couple of weeks before the big DOT letting,” Fantz noted. “We’re hearing that the dirt contractors are hungry for work, but we’re also hearing the big paving contractors aren’t as hungry this year. We’ll just have to wait and see and hope for the best.”