Rain slows work on roads, landfill

By BOB JOHNSON
Register City Editor

Heavy rain last week damaged many Allen County roads and bridges, which has Bill King, director of Public Works, in a dither. The county has contractual obligations to complete preparatory work on a new landfill cell by July 1.
“I can’t get it done with the rain and what that’s done to the roads,” King told county commissioners Tuesday morning.
County crews have been trying to sandwich in work on the cell with other duties. Next Tuesday, King will have proposals from private companies to complete the work.
A contract to start installation of the cell’s liner expires July 1. If work hasn’t started, the county will have to renegotiate.
“We also need to get the cell finished because we need the space,” King said.
Meanwhile, King said his crew had been hip-deep in work to get roads reopened and repaired after recent heavy rains eroded surfaces and washed rock into fields.
“We worked Saturday and we’re going to have to start crushing more rock to keep up,” King said. “We’re handling it but it has been difficult.”
Commissioners also held a hearing on the county’s five-year bridge improvement program. King said 28 of the county’s 216 bridges had varying degrees of need.
The next major project, expected to start in summer 2010, is to replace the bridge on old U.S. 159 just north of the Allen-Neosho counties line.
Commissioners agreed that two other bridges needed work soon. One is an iron bridge over Indian Creek on the Neosho Falls Road near the Allen-Woodson counties line; the other spans Owl Creek about 2 miles west of Humboldt.