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Highway Committee hears Ridge Road update

The CSX bridge over Ridge Road is at the center of the Ridge Road project slated for this construction season.
The CSX bridge over Ridge Road is at the center of the Ridge Road project slated for this construction season.

MORRIS — The Grundy County Board's Highway, Animal Control and Transit Committee met Thursday and discussed various issues, including updates on the Ridge Road project.

The committee voted to approve a resolution for Ridge Road construction costs of $1,899,077, to be sent to May's County Board meeting.

In other action, the committee reviewed the construction and maintenance agreement with Wisconsin Central Limited. County Engineer Eric Gibson talked with WCL's representative and was provided with a project estimated cost, which was $262,000, which did not include railroad flagging. Gibson noted that was only about $20,000 off from the previous estimate. The agreement was voted to recommend to the full board meeting in May, pending state's attorney review.

A construction agreement, which included ownership of the railroad crossing surface, with CSX was also voted to recommend to the next full board meeting, pending state's attorney review.

Gibson noted that the Ridge Road project is in its final stages of moving forward. Consultant interviews will take place later this week.

Gibson said that the work is ahead of schedule on the Grand Ridge Road bridge project, and the Braceville Road project is also ahead of schedule, with concrete hoping to be poured before May 1 on both projects.

The committee approved an agreement with Willett, Hoffman & Associates of Joliet to complete bridge inspections for 2019-20. They also discussed an agreement with Willett, Hoffman to complete a permit chart for county structures using AASHTOWare. The AASHTOWare would give the county the ability to analyze overweight permits by each structure's individual load rating. The software would take two hours to complete the analysis, compared to several hours for an engineer to provide the same analysis. AASHTOWare would also provide reports directly to IDOT. The committee voted to get more information and continue the discussion at the next committee meeting.

The committee also discussed the jurisdictional transfer of Clover Lane in Goose Lake Township. The Clover Lane/White Deer subdivision, which is off of Will Road in Goose Lake Township, is under the jurisdiction of the subdivision developer, but would be transferred to Goose Lake Township. The committee voted to table that discussion until the next committee meeting.

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