(ATLANTIC) Cass County Engineer Charles Marker updated the Cass County Board of Supervisors on some of their current projects throughout the County at their meeting this morning.
Marker said work continues on a high overhead truss bridge on Buck Creek Road, west of the Church.
“It had a laminated wood deck; we have removed that laminated deck and put on a steel corrugated deck in order to keep it in service,” explained Marker. “It was nearly completed yesterday, so we’re just about to the point where we’re ready to put the material over the top of that corrugated deck and open that bridge back up.”
Marker said they had a report from a bridge inspection crew that a bridge 3 miles south of Wiota needed to be reduced to an 8-ton bridge. However, they have rehabilitated the bridge to legal load limit.
“It had been an un-posted bridge before, but because one of the five piling underneath was completed rotted at ground level, we used a method which I learned from the State of Iowa where you go in and cut that old piling out, replace it with a steel piling in that section that was rotted off; which in this case was about a five foot section, and retention that I-beam and therefore we were able to take that 8-ton limit off that bridge and put it back up to a legal bridge,” said Marker.
Marker said work on a bridge over the Nishnabotna River on the Research Farm road is scheduled for bid letting on December 18th.
And, Marker said now that we’ve had some rain there enough moisture in the ground so they can cut out some of the washboards and potholes.
“The only bad thing is we only get about two or three days in order to do that before it dries out again, you need that moisture to repack back in,” said Marker. “So, we’re not able to get all of our roads in that short time period but hopefully as fall goes on we continue to receive these nice rains and we’ll be able to get some more of those cut out.”