By TESA GLASS firstname.lastname@example.org
---- — MT. VERNON — Jefferson County Board members took an annual tour of road and bridge projects Saturday.
“Some of the board members, especially the new ones, don’t know the magnitude of what we are doing and why we are doing these projects now,” said Brandon Simmons, county highway engineer. “That’s really why we do this.”
Simmons said several of the bridges on the county roads are of timber construction and are beginning to show decay, which is leading to the bridge projects.
“They can see for themselves what we face,” Simmons added.
Those board members attending the tour were Steve Draege, Jim Laird, Bob Watts and Jeff Williams.
“We are taking a look at the projects we’ve done in the last year or two, ones we are going to do and show the new board members what we deal with and how we prepare for these projects,” Simmons said.
Those projects on the tour were on Malecki Road, Denker Road, Falcoln Lane, the Belle Rive railway bridge project, the Log Cabin Road overlay, the Spring Garden bridge just north of Dodds Grade School, Hall Lane, Woodlawn Lane overlay and Boyd Lane.
The Malecki Road Bridge project has about 10 working days left, Simmons said, however, work is still suspended for winter and wet weather. Simmons reported he expetcs the road and the new bridge and box culvert, as well as the work to raise the road level, to be completed by the end of April.
Of other projects toured, The Denker Road project was completed last spring; Falcon Lane is expected to be let this year and completed by next year; the Belle Rive railroad bridge project is still in engineering and planning phases; the Log Cabin overlay is a continuing project; the Spring Garden bridge was replaced last summer; work is planned for pavement conservation on DuBois Lane; there are ongoing projects on Hall Lane; an overlay is planned for Woodlawn Lane, and Boyd Lane has had several chevron signs added within the past year.