A second round of bidding has resulted
in some slightly lower prices for planned paving work in Pulaski
County. Plans call for hot mix asphalt work on County Road 550 South
west of State Road 39 and County Road 600 South from State Road 119
to Base Road. The county is applying for a Community Crossings grant,
to cover 75 percent of the cost.
The Pulaski County Council has begun making funding arrangements for an upcoming bridge replacement. The bridge on County Road 400 East over Mill Creek is set to be replaced in the next year or two, according to Highway Superintendent Terry Ruff. “We lowered the weight limit on it last year,” he told council members this month. “It needs to be replaced. Heaven forbid if something happens to that bridge, you know how much traffic’s through that area.”
The Pulaski County Highway Department
will have to redo the bid process for this year’s Community Crossings
projects. Last month, the county commissioners awarded a $1.18
million bid to Town & Country Paving for work on County Road 550
South west of State Road 39 and County Road 600 South from State Road
119 to Base Road.
Plans for Hamlet’s Railroad Street
project appear to be back on track. The town council Wednesday
directed Engineer Lee Nagai to seek updated bids for the work, as
part of a planned Community Crossings project. Council members
decided to remove sidewalk improvements from the project scope, but
keep in a possible storm drain extension as a potential option.
The 60-year-old bridge on Pulaski County Road 400 East over Mill Creek is set to be replaced. The county commissioners Tuesday approved contracts to allow Jeff Larrison with United Consulting to begin working on the design. “We’ve been looking at this since August of 2017,” Larrison told the commissioners. “This bridge is way up on your priority list.”
Plans for the Lake Maxinkuckee Bike and
Walking Trail and other Stellar Community projects are moving ahead
in the Town of Culver. Town Manager Jonathan Leist told the town
council Tuesday that the first quarterly update meetings on the three
INDOT-funded projects were held last week. Those include the Lake
Maxinkuckee Trail, West Jefferson Gateway, and State Road 10
Marshall County will find out tomorrow whether it’s been designated a Regional Stellar Community. The announcement was originally expected today, but Culver Town Council President Ginny Bess Munroe announced last week that it’s been pushed back.
Hamlet officials are demanding answers from INDOT, after a U.S. 30 construction project has led to a spike in accidents. During Wednesday’s town council meeting, Council President Dave Kesvormas complained that the town wasn’t told about the work ahead of time. “Legally, technically, U.S. 30 goes through town because that parcel on the northeast side of 30 is our parcel, so 30 goes through,” he explained. “The state didn’t contact us, nor did the contractor, and yet, we’ve had all these series of accidents.”
After two rounds of bidding, the Hamlet Town Council has decided not to pursue grant funding for Railroad Street improvements at this time. Council members voted Wednesday to reject all three paving bids and table a Community Crossings application until the January call for projects.
The Hamlet Town Council spent almost an hour Thursday trying to bring its proposed Railroad Street project in line with the town’s budget. The town plans to apply for a Community Crossings Grant to cover 75 percent of the cost, while the rest would likely come out of Hamlet’s Economic Development Income Tax Fund.
The Hamlet Town Council is expected to choose a contractor for its Railroad Street project tonight. The project would upgrade the road west of Starke Street with wider pavement, possibly new sidewalks, and other improvements. Last week, the town council opened bids from three companies. They ranged from just over $318,000 to nearly $344,000 for the entire project, but the town has the option to scale it back.
The Pulaski County Highway Department hopes to get $20,000 from the Indiana Department of Transportation to repair a short section of County Road 300 North. The county commissioners approved a contract with INDOT Monday.
The Pulaski County Commissioners will discuss a WorkOne/INDOT contract with Highway Superintendent Terry Ruff during this morning’s meeting. They’ll also discuss insurance policies with Gene Timm. EMS Director Bryan Corn and Sheriff Jeff Richwine will give their regular updates.