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Commissioners OK county roadway report

St. Francois County Highway Department Administrator Wendell Jarvis presented the department’s annual report to the county commission at its Jan. 23 meeting held on the third floor of the courthouse annex in Farmington.

Jarvis went over a number of potential projects he hopes to see completed in the coming year, as well as others finished last year.

“In District 1 we’re looking at overlaying Cartee Road, Randolph Road, Martin Road and Busiek,” he said. “Saying this, you know these projects are going to have to be bid out for overlay, so it depends on (where) these jobs come in at on the bids. These are projects that [supervisors] John [Gross], Clay [Copeland] and myself have gone out and looked at, and this is what we recommend that needs to be fixed in District 1.

“Then you have the VarVera Road low water replacement. You’ve got the Busiek Road project, which will widen it. Right now, that’s a total of $567,400. But like I said, the projects have to be bid, so when they come into bid we’ll get a true number there.”

Jarvis pointed out that getting to all the projects on the list depends on something no one has any control over — the weather.

“When you’re dealing with the weather and we’re still not through winter, we might have a road issue that goes to crumbling or breaking up on us that we’ll have to tend to,” he said. “If we do, then one of these projects here might have to be set aside.”

Jarvis next discussed proposed projects in District 2.

“We have Rouggly Road, overlaying it,” he said. “It’s got several pipes that need to be replaced on it. It does have an area that we could put some box covers, 3 by 10, on them. Davis Crossing is going to be an overlay and Old Cadet Road will be an overlay.”

Presiding Commissioner Harold Gallaher asked Jarvis, “These 3 by 10 boxes, these are not precast by us?”

He replied, “No, they won’t be by us. They’ll be precast that we will bid out as well.”

Jarvis moved to road and bridge projects completed in 2017.

“As you see, we’ve done Crossover Ridge, Moonlight Drive, Old Vandergriff Road, Watson Road, Mitchell Road, Wallen Road, Raider Road, Old Irondale Road and Brickey Road,” he said. “That was all overlays.

“And then, there at the bottom, we did Possum Hollow low-water crossing, Lambeth and Hillsboro Road. They were two projects that was damaged by vehicles. They knocked the headwall off and caused some issues with culverts, so we had to go in there and — while we were in there, instead of repairing — we upgraded. We had the opportunity to do a little more.”

Jarvis also noted that one of the larger projects accomplished last year was the relocation to new quarters at 1640 East Woodlawn Drive.

“Because of that, we weren’t able to do as many projects as we would have liked,” he said.

Jarvis next went over several additional items in the report.

“If you’ll go back to the bridges, this is the act of notifying you gentlemen of deficient bridges, if you will,” he said. “You’ll notice that there’s a couple of bridges that’s got like a 3-ton weight limit. That’s actually Kings Road and that’s an area where we went in and made available a place to turnaround and not have to cross that bridge. As of right now I think we’re OK with that weight limit.

“Then you go up to the 5-ton weight limit and you’ll see that’s actually inside the city limits of Iron Mountain Lake. It has to show on our report that the bridge [at the dam] is in our county, but it’s not the county’s responsibility to maintain. If the city of Iron Mountain would ever happen to replace that, then we could capture the funds off it, which would be great.”

The commissioners unanimously approved the report as presented.

County Highway Administrator Wendell Jarvis, standing, responds to a question raised by County Auditor Louie Seiberlich about the department's annual report presented to the county commission at its recent meeting.

County Highway Administrator Wendell Jarvis, standing, responds to a question raised by County Auditor Louie Seiberlich about the department’s annual report presented to the county commission at its recent meeting.

Wendell Jarvis, St. Francois County Highway Department administrator, presents the Highway Department's annual report at the commission meeting, while Associate Commissioner Patrick Mullins listens intently.

Wendell Jarvis, St. Francois County Highway Department administrator, presents the Highway Department’s annual report at the commission meeting, while Associate Commissioner Patrick Mullins listens intently.

Kevin Jenkins is a reporter for the Daily Journal and can be reached at 573-518-3614 or kjenkins@dailyjournalonline.com

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