Feb 24, 2013

Over $2.5 million in improvements on roadways planned in 2013

BY JAMES P. SURBER 
In addition to normal required maintenance, an estimated $2,608,456 worth of improvements to county roads and bridges is scheduled for 2013 that will be 93-percent locally funded. Local funds are gas tax and license fees returned monthly to the county by the State of Ohio for county highway operations. No real estate or sales taxes fund Darke County roads and bridges. The county engineer and highway department are responsible for 519 miles of county road and 530 bridges on county and township roads.

The following 18 county roads, which total 30.14 miles, are scheduled for new surfaces during May-July at an estimated contracted local cost of $1,640,000.

Wasson Road – from Ohio-Indiana Line to Hillgrove-Southern (2.96 miles)

Chenoweth – from Hollansburg-Tampico to Palestine-Hollansburg (.31 miles)

Grubbs Rex – from Arcanum-Ithaca to Gordon Landis (2.03 miles)

Gettysburg-Webster – from Gettysburg Corp. to SR 185 (4.97 miles)

Arnold Road – from State Route 571 to Childrens Home-Bradford (1.09 miles)

Children Home-Bradford – from Arnold to SR 49 (2.07 miles)

Burns – from SR 185 to Reed

Harrison – from Rush to Hollansburg-Arcanum (2.10 miles)

Hollansburg-Sampson – from Gordon-Landis to Miami Co. Line (3.15 miles)

New Weston-Ft. Loramie – from end township maintenance to SR 49 (2.58 miles)

Ohio-Indiana Line – from Wasson to Pickett (2.94 miles)

Greenville-Bakers Store – from Stingley to SR 502 (1.74 miles)

Wabash-York – from USR 127 to Elijah-York (1.52 miles)

Castine-Gordon – from SR 49 to Miami Co. Line (.48 miles)

Old US 36 – from USR 36 to USR 36 (.81 miles)

Clifton Drive – from Daly to SR 571 (.33 miles)

Eidson – from SR 121 to SR 49 (.75 miles)

Ravenwood Drive – from Childrens Home-Bradford to dead end (.29 miles)

About 319 miles of road will have new centerline and no-passing markings applied and approximately 350 lane-miles (175 road miles) will have white edge-line markings applied at an estimated cost of $171,000. The project will be contracted and is expected to require 5,470 gallons of yellow paint and 5,800 gallons of white paint. Centerline markings are estimated to cost $263 per mile and edge-lines at $250 per lane mile.

An estimated 30 roadway culverts and 10 subsurface tile crossings will be done by county personnel and equipment, with an estimated material cost of $28,000 and total estimated costs, including labor and equipment, of $60,000.

Approximately 50 miles of county road will have pavement cracks sealed with hot-applied crack sealant material by county personnel. The estimated cost for this work is $156,000, using an estimated $80,000 of materials. The work will be performed throughout the year.

About 800 new Stop signs will be installed this year on county roads. The cost of signs is estimated at $35,500 with a federal grant providing 80-percent or $28,400 of this amount. The total cost, including hardware, labor and equipment is estimated at $60,500 and all installation will be done by county employees using county equipment.

A major widening and reconstruction project will be completed on Frazers Road from the Preble County Line to Grubbs-Rex Road for a length of three miles. The work includes culvert replacements, pavement and should widening and overall road enhancement. The $777,525 project, now 75-percent complete by Walls Brothers Asphalt, is being substantially funded by the Ohio Public Works Commission with an estimated county cost in 2013 of $52,000.

Total estimated road improvement costs are $2,281,880. Total estimated local cost is $2,111,100 (93-percent).

One bridge superstructure will be replaced, six bridges will be rehabilitated and one will be repaired by county personnel in 2013.

Worth Road Bridge, superstructure replaced, $65,247

Wasson Road Bridge, rehabilitation, $44,561

Heller Road Bridge, rehabilitation, $52,551

New Madison-Coletown Road Bridge, rehabilitation, $40,914

Daly Road Bridge, repair, $35,703

Etter Road Bridge, rehabilitation, $17,928

Day Road Bridge, rehabilitation, $19,774

Palestine-Union City, rehabilitation, $49,898

Total cost is $326,576 (all local funding). Force account bridge estimates include the cost of county labor, materials and equipment with large overhead rates on labor and materials as required by law.

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