County road construction updates

By Kate Klimesh,

The 175th Street Project near Calmar is coming along well. Crews still have the radius on Highway 52 to complete, but the shouldering is mostly done. Crews will be working on yard cleanup and should be ready to paint soon.  

The approach work will begin for the replacement of Bridge 237, as Brennan Construction is finished with the main construction and deck. 

The demolition of Bridge 317 on Wren Valley Road has been completed and the caps have been poured. K Construction will finish the box culvert on W14 while waiting for the concrete caps to cure before continuing with bridge work.

A discussion was held regarding a 3/4-mile section of county-owned road on Horn Hollow Road. The section in question is used by a few landowners. The length of the original road stretches miles from College Drive to Highway 52, but over the years portions of the original road have essentially disappeared. Along this section from Wagon Road to Highway 52, the road has moved from the original plat recorded by the county. The County Engineer’s Office is currently undertaking a retracement of the section to record the road as it sits, instead of relying on incorrect placement from past records.

The new owner of Horn Hollow House, James Wicka, has been working with local historical groups, the state and the National Register of Historic Places in efforts to restore the home to historic references. Wicka inquired about the road’s access as he was hoping to create a walking path along the road with historical signage on the area. The issue will be on future Supervisors’ agendas to allow the other landowners on that road to have input.

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