Weather hasn’t slowed area road projects

July 13, 2017

By John Raffel

Work is progressing in the Marion area and throughout Osceola County on summer road projects.

That’s the report from manager Luke D. Houlton of the county road commission. The commission has had to overcome various weather challenges including heavy rains.

“All things considered things are going well,” Houlton said.

As of last week, the commission completed chip and fog seals on County Line Road between 45 Road to 150th Avenue; on 150th Ave with Sherman Township from County Line Rd south to last year’s asphalt overlay for 1½ miles; on 140th Ave with Sherman Township from 18 Mile to 19 Mile Roads for 1 mile; at Hibma Road with Highland Township from 90th Ave to 70th Ave for 2 miles; at 80th and 85th Ave from Meceola Road to Muskegon River for 6¼ miles, including ¼ mile of 1 Mile Road and 500 feet of 4 Mile Road.

“We still have about 2/3rd of the projects to be fog sealed, the contractor got started last week but was delayed due to rain,” Houlton said. “It’s tentatively scheduled for this Friday or early next week, weather permitting.”

Reconstruction has been completed at Mackinaw Trail between 11 Mile and 14 Mile, with a combination of asphalt overlay of 1.5 miles with crush, shape and pave (for a mile) and full depth reconstruction (for 0.5 miles).

Also completed are asphalt overlays on 230th Avenue with Richmond and Lincoln Townships from US-10 north to 8 Mile Road for 3 miles, Lakola Road with Richmond Township from US-10 to 6 Mile Road for one mile; Lakola Road with Lincoln Township from 7 Mile Road to 8 Mile Road for one mile; 50th Avenue with Orient Township and 250 feet with Sylvan Township from 3 Mile Road to US-10 for three miles.

On gravel projects, the township pays for gravel and the road commission covers cost to haul and place. Gravel projects completed have been with LeRoy Township, for 1,850 tons at various locations throughout the township;

with Rose Lake Township, for 4,500 tons at various locations throughout the township with Richmond Township, for 1,250 tons on 220th between 3 Mile and Hersey River.

There’s also been dust control with all gravel roads except those designated as seasonal for 565 miles, paid for by the road commission.

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