2014-05-14 / Front Page

County Highway Receives $250,000 To Complete Summer Road Repairs

by Michael Stanley
Staff Writer

Select rural roadways will soon receive much-needed repairs after being prioritized by Owen County Highway Department Superintendent Joe Pettijohn.

Joined by county commissioners Donnie Minnick, Tony Voelker and Marc Ruble, who were in the audience, Pettijohn presented the Owen County Council with the department’s first portion of road work plans for 2014 on Monday night. In all, the plan presented represents approximately $250,000 in road repairs. Pettijohn said crews would need 45 to 60 days to complete the work.

He explained that a two-mile stretch of Mitten Road in Marion Township, just outside of Patricksburg is in need of grinding, followed by chip and seal at an estimated cost of $45,000.

A 500-foot stretch of White Hill Road in Morgan Township is also in need of paving to finish out a job that was only partially completed several years ago. The estimated cost is $5,000.

Beamer Station Road, also in Morgan Township, is another area outlined by Pettijohn as being in need of grinding; the twomile stretch of chip and seal will cost $45,000.

In Harrison Township, a twomile stretch of deteriorating pavement on North Jones Road will also see chip and seal at a cost of $45,000.

The commissioners opted to remove approach work for new county bridge #84 on Patricksburg Road, noting the work can be paid for from the county’s bridge fund.

The board also removed a onemile stretch of River Road from consideration. The highway department will pave River Road this summer, from State Road 46 East to the Indiana DNR public access site as part of a sewer extension project for the Town of Spencer. The commissioners opted to not resurface River Road, from the public access site to Pottersville Road, noting several other areas of the county are in more dire need of repairs.

A short stretch of East Coon Path Road, approximately eighttenths of a mile in Montgomery Township, will also see paving work at a cost of $60,000.

Pettijohn also mentioned a two-and-a-half-mile stretch of Stogsdill Road in Clay Township, where grinding and chip and seal work from County Line Road to State Road 43 South would be completed at a cost of $50,000.

The council voted 7-0 to transfer $250,000 from the highway general fund total of $345,589 to stone and other aggregate. The department’s local roads and streets fund is currently down to $29,850. The funding transferred is part of the Major Moves Project fund, which provides Owen County with $480,000 in 2014 and 2015 for road repairs only.

The council will hold a public hearing to allow Owen County residents to voice their support or opposition to an increase in the county’s local option highway user tax and wheel tax, set for Monday, June 2, beginning at 7:00 p.m. in the Commissioners’ Room, located on the second floor of the Owen County Courthouse in Spencer.

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