Paving work will begin this year on $4.1 million in repairs to Lincoln County rural roads, following action Monday by the county commissioners.

The commissioners approved a total of nine projects – applying 2-3 inches of new asphalt on 33 miles of rural roads.

Western Engineering is the contractor.

The total includes $1.5 million for three roads that will be paid through the county’s regular budget.

Also, $2.7 million for six roads will be paid by a special road bond that the board authorized in April, Lincoln County Roads Superintendent Carla O’Dell said.

O’Dell said the amounts are slightly under budget.

O’Dell said Western Engineering will start work as soon as possible, no later than Sept. 1. They are to be finished by Nov. 30, according to the contract.

The projects will repair steady deterioration of the asphalt roads over the years, compounded by a harsh winter and sudden warm-up, county officials said.

The longest stretches:

  • 10 miles of Ft. McPherson Road — 3-inch overlay, from south of Maxwell to south of Brady.
  • 8.5 miles of E. State Farm Road — 2-inch overlay, west of State Spur 56A, south of Maxwell.
  • 5 miles of W. Walker Road – 2-inch overlay from Crane View to the Hershey Dickens Road.

Also:

  • N. Splinter Road will get a 2-inch overlay for 1 mile, from U.S. Highway 30 north to Platte Valley Road.
  • W. Platte Valley Road will get a 2-inch overlay for 2 miles, from Splinter Road west to Front Road.
  • 3 miles of W. Platte Valley Road from Front to Game Trail Rd.
  • 1 mile of subdivision road for Prairie View Acres.
  • 2.5 miles of subdivision road for Prairie View Estates, 3rd subdivision.

 

Cattle Growers Road

Two commissioners – Walt Johnson and Jerry Woodruff – said they met with Steve Scholz, the owner of the Lincoln County Feedyard, to discuss ways to work together to build up a sandy road.

It was a cordial meeting, and the county and the feedyard plan to combine forces to haul in crushed concrete and clay to improve the road, Johnson said.

The feedyard is near the Logan County line.

The road, especially a half-mile stretch, was the source of friction at a commissioner’s meeting in mid-April, when real estate broker Duane McClain accused the board of resisting efforts to repair the road and support the feedyard.

The commissioners denied the accusation, and appointed Johnson and Woodruff to work something out if they could.

Repairing the road will be a work in progress. No one is expecting quick fixes, Johnson and Woodruff said Monday.

After the meeting, O’Dell told the Bulletin that the county has not yet started to haul materials to build up the road. She said it is a busy spring for the road department, and there are scheduling challenges.