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Russ Pankonin | Johnson Publications
Though the hardest part is over, work still continues on 749 Road to Imperial Beef. Shoulder work and seeding will continue through the spring. The commissioners were given options to level the road better at their Nov. 24 meeting.

Tidyman gives updates on county road projects

A multitude of road projects took up the biggest chunk of the Nov. 24 county commissioners meeting.
The commissioners spent time in discussion with Highway Superintendent Jeff Tidyman discussing several projects, including recently completed 749 Road, which leads to Imperial Beef off Highway 61.
The commissioners had concerns about the road not being level. Circumstances during the leveling of the road led to some of the work being completed without GPS.
Tidyman said the surface can be milled to get rid of the highs and lows, at an estimated cost of $20,000, but that may hurt the integrity of the road in the long run. No decisions were made and the board was open to not doing any work, in part, because it will slow down truck traffic. Shoulder work will continue.
The bridge crossing the Frenchman River east of Champion Mill Lake will need to be replaced. Tidyman will have a hydraulic study completed to see if the county will need to build a new bridge over the river or if a box culvert will get the job done.
Another project on the county’s radar remains the north dam at Wauneta.
Tidyman hired a dam consultant to make an evaluation. A state inspector believed the dam to have cracks and fissures making it susceptible to failure.
Tidyman’s consultant thinks the dam has suffered from erosion, a less worrisome problem. Tidyman has yet to come up with a way to prove which problem exists.
Discussion also included the newest millings on Avenue


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