Logan County summer road work under way, plus a look into future
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[June 06, 2012]
Summer work on Logan County roads and
bridges is well under way. County engineer Bret Aukamp reported to
the county's road and bridge committee that the department's
equipment is ready to go, and it will be a busy season.
Aukamp has some summer help, and crews have been out doing repairs
to roads in preparation for seal coat, which takes place over the
County seal coating begins June 18.
Communities that would also participate with the county in
the seal coat program this year are the city of Atlanta and the
villages of San Jose, Middletown and Emden.
The only communities the county has never done seal coats for are
Mount Pulaski and Lincoln.
East Lincoln and Sheridan townships plan to begin their seal coat
With reduced manpower, most of the rock and seal coat materials
have been stockpiled near whatever road is going to be worked on.
Aukamp said, "We've been trying to do that to boost our efficiency a
little bit better."
County highway work
Microsurfacing has begun on Highway 25 west of Atlanta.
Work on County Highway 1 south of Mount Pulaski should begin
A bridge replacement on 2250th Street, Lazy Row near Atlanta,
will also be started soon.
Bids are being gathered for resurfacing projects for Nicholson
and Primm roads.
Around the county
Major patching has
been done on Waynesville Road, County Highway 128, plus filling
in some ruts alongside it.
Culvert ends along
County Highway 6 in the Latham and Chestnut areas have been
repaired in preparation for seal coat later this year, and
culverts south of Mount Pulaski also received attention.
Brush has been cut
in guardrail areas to improve visibility.
Herbicide spraying is to begin this
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Aukamp has been reviewing engineering plans for the entry to the
new Aldi. He has been working with the city engineer Mark Mathon so
that the county can transfer the street to the city as soon as it is
There is already a concrete drive to the property, but it is
insufficient for the heavy traffic, which would include delivery
The new store will be located on the north side of Illinois Route
10 and Woodlawn Road on Lincoln's west side.
Quarterly project status
Aukamp told committee members that he is still waiting on
appraisals for Fifth Street Road. "I hope to have them by midsummer
so that I can begin contacting landowners," he said. He would then
try to negotiate rights of way with the landowners.
Also in process, he is working with a consulting engineer on
resurfacing plans and pavement design for 1250th Avenue, Nicholson
A consultant has been contacted for Primm Road resurfacing and
the Deer Creek bridge.
Aukamp said he has received some maintenance requests, but unless
it's an emergency, he's telling people that those will have to wait
until October. Seal coat locks up the summer, he said.
[By JAN YOUNGQUIST]