Bridge to be replaced
The Washington County Supervisors approved a federal aid agreement with the Iowa DOT for the use of Highway Bridge Program funds for a replacement of a county bridge during their regular meeting Tuesday morning.
The funding would come from Federal Aid from the Iowa Department of Transportation and would replace FHWA Bridge No. 336710 on county road G36 over Dutch Creek, which is two miles west of Elm Avenue.
The bridge is becoming outdated and deficient, said Washington County Engineer Jacob Thorius.
“It was rebuilt in the late ‘50s to early ‘60s, and the deck and the columns are becoming deficient,” Thorius said, “to the point where we would put a weight restriction on it.”
The engineer’s department is trying to minimize the impact this would have on local traffic, especially in the farming community, because farmers would be affected the most, Thorius said.
Eighty percent of the replacement cost of $800,000 would come from the federal DOT funds, Thorius said. The remainder would come from the county.
“When is the project likely to happen?” Washington County Supervisor Jack Seward Jr. asked.
A specific start date hasn’t been set yet, Thorius said. The DOT usually announces their timeline of events for construction projects in late winter, and the engineer’s office would wait to hear from the DOT.
A motion was made to approve the agreement. The motion was approved unanimously.
Other agenda items approved by the supervisors included:
• the secondary roads permit application for the flying pig duathlon for Aug. 2 beginning at 8 a.m. for the Washington County YMCA, The roads that would be used include 250th Street and Hemlock Avenue;
• firework permits for Steve W. Miller of Riverside for Aug. 31 at 9 p.m. or on Sept. 6 for the rain date;
• firework permit for Tim Stultz of Ainsworth for Aug. 1 at 9 p.m. or Aug. 2 as a rain date for the same time;
• and acknowledged two donations to the Washington County Sheriff’s Department K-9 fund in the amounts of $1,200 and $250.
The next Washington County Supervisors meeting will be held on Tuesday, Aug. 5, at 9:30 a.m. at the Washington County Courthouse.