Supervisors discuss road updates, Interim Engineer

By Kate Klimesh,

Replacement of Bridge 26 between Fort Atkinson and Jackson Junction along 295th Ave. is going well, with seeding to be completed this week. The bridge deck has been replaced and the site has been backfilled and set with rock.  The bridge should re-open in the next few weeks once work is complete. 

The reshaping of Conover Road is progressing as well, with only a mile and a half of the road left to finish. The excess material is being used on W14, widening shoulders as needed and other projects.

While it was reported to have rained well over two inches Sunday in Bluffton, the rain was patchy and was not enough to allow for blades to be out on the gravels, as Engineer Office’s Jeff Kuboushek had hoped from the forecast. 

Kuboushek noted they had hired for the vacant foreman position from within the Engineer’s Office. 

Additionally, Kuboushek reported that until an Interim Engineer for the county is named, the County Engineer’s Office cannot approve permits for moving overweight trucks. They must hire a consultant or have a named Interim Licensed Engineer review the permits. The issue will be on an upcoming Supervisors’ agenda – to either pause all permits, name an Interim Engineer to review permits or allow permit applicants to pay for consultation review if urgent. 

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