Cass County Highway Department Report — May 2, 2011


The following report was submitted by Cass County Highway Department superintendent Jeff Smith to the Cass County Commissioners on May 2, 2011.

• The 300S project has been impacted by rain, but continues moving forward. Soil stabilization is scheduled to take place this week, and the current schedule calls for concrete paving to begin on May 19th. The main line of 300S is projected to be open by the end of June.

• Right of way is secure for the Chase Rd. project and utilities have been given a notice to proceed on relocation work in the area. As of now, we are on the bid letting schedule for a July letting. INDOT required an asbestos inspection on the property to be demolished. That inspection was secured last week, and the preliminary findings are that no asbestos cleanup will be required with the project.

• The 2011 road construction plan is being finalized. It looks like our budgeted money will allow us to maintain close to the same amount of work that was performed last year, which included 5,000 tons of pug mix and around 30 miles of chip & seal.

• A paving project associated with this year's road construction is tentatively scheduled for late this week. CR 400E is to be paved with hot mix asphalt between US 35 and the railroad tracks. This road serves both Kent Feeds and the Andersons fertilizer plant, and is in very bad condition on this stretch of road. Winamac-Southern railroad is working with us to make improvements to the rail crossing at the same time. 

• Last week's rain resulted in high water in nearly 20 locations around the county. Most of these locations were areas that normally collect water when rainfall is excessive.
INDOT has granted the final approval to our bridge inspection consultant selection. USI is planning to hold a meeting locally in June before they begin inspection. 

• The Army Corps of Engineers permit has been approved for the replacement of culvert BE-110 on CR 500E north of 425N. A common wage hearing will be scheduled for later this month, and permission to advertise for bids will be sought soon. With recent heavy rain, the decreased capacity of this pipe due to beavers and other issues has become a problem.

• The closed Anoka bridge, which crosses the Winamac Southern railway on CR 250S, is in deteriorating condition. Research is underway, both by our office and by Winamac-Southern, to determine the best method and possible cost of demolition.