All but three paving projects complete

September 13, 2018

By John Raffel

Osceola County Road Commission manager Luke D. Houlton has reported all of the chip and fog seal projects were finished this past July.

“All but three of our paving projects are complete,” he said. “10 Mile Rd in Cedar Township has been ready for paving since early August, but we have been struggling with getting Elmer’s back down here to get it done. Our overlay project on 9 Mile in Lincoln Township was scheduled to be done by Reith-Riley the week after Labor Day, but got caught up in the MITA and Operators Union lockout.

“We just opened paving bids for a project on Tustin Road in Burden Township last week. However, depending on how long the lockout lasts we may not get it paved this fall.’

Houlton added the commission has one more grade and gravel reconstruction project to do this fall on 210th Ave for LeRoy Township with the anticipation of paving next summer.

“We are also working on spreading gravel for several townships,” Houlton said. “However, our gravel producer was delayed getting the material put up so we may not get all of our gravel projects finished. We are currently working in Highland Township and still have work to do in Evart, Hartwick, Osceola, and Sylvan Townships. 

“The windstorm before Labor Day set us back a couple weeks on all of our projects.  All of our primary and local roads are opened up, but we still have a couple seasonal roads that still have trees across them. While the roads are open we still have a lot of brush, branches and stumps to clean up. Most likely, we will pick away at cleaning them over the next several months.”

Houlton said River Road from Sylvan Township’s west line to M-66 has been staked for clearing work this winter.

‘The plan is to start reconstruction next spring and pave late next summer,” he said. “We are also working a bid package to crush, shape and pave 15 Mile Rd from 80th Ave to M-66 next summer with Hartwick and Middle Branch Townships.’’

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