Appanoose County engineer Gary Bishop released the following as a status report for various Appanoose County Road Department projects.
Bishop said bids were opened by the Iowa Transportation Department on Tuesday, June 18 for the Dewey Road bridge replacement project. The project is the replacement of the through-truss bridge located on Dewey Road about two and one half miles east of the Industrial Park.
The bids and amounts were Muscatine Bridge Company for $389,835.03, Herberger Construction Company Inc. for $415,796.61, United Contractors, Inc. for $418,122.10, Iowa Bridge and Culvert LC for $449,216.99 and Cunningham and Reis for $474,462.92.
Bishop said it appears that the contract will be awarded to Muscatine Bridge Company provided the Iowa DOT finds no irregularities with the bid.
Bishop said the following projects will be in the August Iowa DOT letting:
n Replacement of the bridge on 120th Avenue about one mile south of 524th Street.
n Replacement of the bridge on 610th Street just west of 328th Avenue.
The following bridge, which has been closed for several years on 210th Avenue about 0.4 miles south of State Highway 5, is scheduled to be replaced with local funds later this summer, Bishop said.
Bishop said the county plans to use the next allotment of county federal aid funds to repair the paving on T61 south of Unionville to state Highway 2, which is scheduled for federal fiscal year 2016.
Appanoose County is included in the FEMA disaster declaration with the following estimated damage from the heavy rains in April: Culverts at $30,102.53, bridges at $15,532.71 (if mitigation is approved, this will be $65,990.77), brush at $6,827.01 and erosion at $211,336.64.
“It appears that Appanoose County will also be receive some FEMA road repair money from the rains around May 29 as part of a Disaster project presently being developed,” Bishop said.
The county maintenance crews are working on the following projects:
n Replacement of failing culverts (Have recorded well over 100 culverts needing replaced).
n Lowering back walls on bridges where stream beds have degraded, leaving the back walls too short. In most cases, the back walls are being lowered with the use of sheet piling.
n Gravel road maintenance and mowing has been behind schedule due to the excessive amount of rain received so far this spring.
n This last fiscal year nearly 70,000 tons of gravel have been hauled to county roads with a cost of around $800,000.