The Pulaski County Commissioners have selected a contractor to repair the highway department’s salt shed. On Monday, they chose Button Construction to do the work, which includes the installation of a metal roof. Continue reading
The Pulaski County Highway Department is looking to pave some streets in the Star City and Pulaski areas. Continue reading
Pulaski County Road 250 North could use a posted speed limit. That’s what two residents told the county commissioners Monday. Continue reading
The Pulaski County Commissioners have approved the replacement of a piece of equipment for the county’s Highway Department. During Monday’s Commissioners meeting, Highway Superintendent Terry Ruff asked for the commissioners’ approval to replace a broken repeater, part of the radio system used to communicate with the department’s trucks. Continue reading
Kankakee Fish and Wildlife Area officials in North Judson have closed Ten Mile Road in Starke County until further notice due to soggy conditions. DNR officials advise other property roads could be closed as well to protect levees from damage. More rain is in the forecast through the weekend. Continue reading
A new superintendent has been hired at the Pulaski County Highway Department.
The commissioners last night approved the hire of Terry Ruff as the highway superintendent by a 2-1 vote with Bud Krohn, Jr. and Terry Young voting for the position. Larry Brady had the dissenting vote.
Pulaski County Highway Department General Foreman Terry Ruff told the commissioners the county will have to scrap regular maintenance this year in order to fix roads damaged by the frost line. He says doing both would cost the county an additional $200,000. Ruff says 20 miles of roads will be worked on this year in the southern part of the county. Chip and seal work will be done, and severely damaged roads will be ground up and reconstructed.
A county road will be vacated in Pulaski County.
Terry Ruff, who is the acting General Foreman at the Pulaski County Highway Department, said the county is spending a lot of resources on the dirt road at 1150 West between 900 South and 1000 South that basically acts as a path between two feuding property owners. Ruff is leery of accidents on the road and who would be responsible if there’s an issue. He said it’s not even suitable to plow.
A gravel road in Pulaski County is open again after county highway department crews made repairs to the surface. Continue reading
Two roads are closed in Pulaski County due to poor road conditions.
Pulaski County Road 475 W. between 1000 S. and 950 S. is closed as well as Pulaski County Road 950 S. between Base Road and 100 E.
If it’s not a county-owned road, then the county highway should not be doing any work on it.
Pulaski County Attorney Kevin Tankersley gave that advice to Terry Ruff from the highway department when a question of road work on Swayze Drive, a private lane, was initiated. Ruff said he’s gotten some calls to help plow the road, fix the road, and help a truck that is stuck on the road. He added that he’s concerned about the residents on that road for the purpose of getting emergency vehicles to those who live on that lane.
The Pulaski County Commissioners said communication is getting better between the board members and the highway department.
It was announced in January that things needed to be changed at the highway department. The commissioners last week said the main issues were communication, and how to deal with problems and the policy book. That was according to Commissioner Terry Young, who spoke on behalf of the commissioners when the question was posed.
One item the joint board is expected to discuss is the change in the salary ordinance in the highway department. When the commissioners met on Jan. 19, the members voted 2-1 to appoint a person in the position that is second in command at the department. The highway superintendent normally makes that appointment, but Commissioner Bud Krohn, Jr., who spearheaded the move, called it a political change. He presented the change for a vote. Terry Young also voted in favor of the change while Commission President Larry Brady was the dissenting vote.
The Pulaski County Highway Department crew has been busy working on spring projects. Highway Superintendent Mark Fox said a lot of grading and culvert work has been done.
Commission President Larry Brady asked about the miles of roads that will be paved this summer and Fox said the winter really took a toll on roads this year.
The Medaryville Town Council heard an update from the Pulaski County Highway Department in how some roads will be fixed in town.
The highway department comes in to patch the roads in town. They take care of potholes and seal cracks to prevent wear and tear.
The Pulaski County Highway Department has had a very rough week due to the inclement weather and state of emergency over the area this week, and Highway Superintendent Mark Fox told the commissioners during their regular meeting that the department is down eight of their 21 trucks. Fox said that one plow truck has been totaled with the other seven in need of repairs.
Two bridges that were previously closed in Pulaski County are now open, though one bridge is still awaiting a final inspection. Pulaski County Highway Superintendent Mark Fox told the county commissioners this week that the contract for bridge inspections for 2014–2016 has been approved by INDOT and is ready to sign, and informed them that the two bridges closed in the county have since been reopened. Bridge 268, however, still needs a final inspection but is currently open to traffic.
Haschel’s Bridge in Pulaski County will soon be closed, according to highway superintendent Mark Fox. He said the bridge closure will be effective on or around Sept. 30, and then the crews have 60 days to complete the work. Fox explained they will mill two inches off the top of the deck, which he said is riddled with surface holes, and then work will be done on the abutments on the end of the bridge.
Fox said this work shouldn’t take more than two months and a detour is in place utilizing State Road 14 and County Road 200 East to circumvent the bridge.
The project is funded entirely with local funds, Fox explained, and the bridge will soon be repaired and reopened.
The Pulaski County Highway Department is in the process of updating their road inventory through the state. According to Mark Fox, highway superintendent, more state funds will soon make their way to the county’s coffers after he found discrepancies between the state’s road inventory for Pulaski County and the county’s road inventory, totaling 12 miles of road that were not accounted for by the state.
The Pulaski County Council this week approved a request from the county highway superintendent to advertise for the purchase of a computer software suite designed for resource tracking and accounting for highway departments. Mark Fox, highway superintendent, told the commissioners that the program would greatly help the accounting aspect of his department because of its variety of features, including time tracking, resource tracking, accounting, and report management.