Work on Merrimac Road almost complete, IDOT closing Hwy 78 Wednesday

By Grace King, Mt. Pleasant News


Construction on Merrimac Road is soon coming to a close, something Henry County Engineer Jake Hotchkiss said feels good to get done.

?We?ve been out there for a long time,? Hotchkiss said during the Board of Supervisors meeting on Tuesday, July 17.

Last week, county road crews were hauling rock to Merrimac Road and began moving equipment for base one operations, which began Monday, July 16. Hotchkiss said base one operations on Monday was a learning experience, but they have a good start for the rest of the week.

This week, The Iowa Department of Transportation (IDOT) will be closing Highway 78 on Wednesday, July 18. Detour roads will be south on Oasis Avenue, 170th Street to Mt. Union and north to Racine Avenue.

Crews worked with the Iowa DOT last week as well, setting up road detour signs on Highway 218 on Monday, July 9. Throughout the week, crews painted centerlines, sprayed shoulders for weeds and continued mowing shoulders along gravel roads.

The department prepped for Grout Scouts working on W55 Franklin Avenue north of Trenton on Wednesday, July 11. Thursday, July 12, they provided flagging services for a bridge inspection on Lowell bridge.

Grout Scouts is working on Franklin Avenue from Trenton north to Highway 78 this week, lining culverts in conjunction with Henry County Engineering department?s crew. Flaggers are being used. Work will take two to three weeks to complete, weather dependent.

In other news, supervisors approved incorporating green space in the middle of a cul-de-sac at Pin Oaks subdivision in Center Township. While this goes against county ordinance, the radius of the cul-de-sac exceeds what is required.

A final approval for plans on the Pin Oak subdivision, being platted by Brian Jones, still is to come.

Supervisors also approved homestead and military applications for 2019 and a tax abatement request from the Henry County treasurer.