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By LuAnn Schindler

Supervisors approve bridge, asphalt projects


March 16, 2023

A list of 28 new road and bridge construction projects was presented to Holt County Supervisors last month during the one- and six-year road plan hearing.

Holt County Road Superintendent Gary Connot said, “Typically those projects are engineered, designed and (awarded) through bid-letting.”

Road department personnel and elected officials drive all roads in their district and propose upcoming projects. The county is divided into four quadrants and projects within each are identified.

In the southeast quad, two bridge projects are included in the one-year plan. This includes a bridge near 853 Road and 494 Avenue and another south of St. John’s Catholic Church on 509 Avenue.

The combined estimated cost of both projects totals $590,000. The county will recoup $250,000 of the cost of the St. John’s project through the state’s county bridge-match program.

“That hopefully will be to a letting in late spring, with fall construction,” Connot said.Included in the six-year plan is an overlay project, south of Ewing on 508 Avenue, extending to the county line.

“This section was done a couple years ago and is performing very well. I’d like to ocntinue this south,” Connot said.

The project is estimated at $1.5 million.

In the northeast quad, two projects are included in the six-year plan, north and east of Page. One is a hot mix project from the county shed south to Kennedy’s corner and a bridge repair on a structure on the Knox County line, on 510 Avenue.

Other projects in the quad include pavement projects north of O’Neill and on the Atkinson cut across, bridge replacement and a culvert project.

Projects in the southwest area include replacement of two timber structures near Amelia and a culvert project southwest of Atkinson.

In the Stuart and Atkinson area, projects include dam repair, culvert extensions and replacements, paving, overlay segments and bridge replacement.

A priority overlay project is a nine-mile stretch on the cut-across on 877 Road, from 476 to 485 Avenue. The price tag totals $2.5 million.

“This is the priority of the county,” Connot said. “We anticipate paving the project sometime this fall.”

Proposed maintenance projects across the county include tree removal and shaping, surfacing and grading projects.


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