Lebanon Reporter

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July 10, 2014

Council approves $2 million for roads

About 60 miles of Boone County roads will, ideally, receive some type of attention in the county’s annual summer road program.The Boone County Council Tuesday authorized $2 million for the road program, with half coming from the county’s economic development fund. Another $1 million came from a state highway department payment, received after Indiana transferred control of old Indiana 334 to Boone County. The money had been intended to help the county upgrade the Ind. 334 bridge over Eagle Creek. The council authorized transferring it into the highway department’s stone and gravel fund.Highway Superintendent Rick Carney told the council he’s nearly spent $600,000 in extra funding the state provided this year, in a one-time payment, for the county’s motor vehicle highway and local road and street funds. The $2 million approved by the council Tuesday is in addition to that one-time payment. All of the money will be spent for materials, Carney said; labor and other costs are not included.Last year the council approved $1.6 million for the road program; in 2012, it authorized $1.5 million. Carney spent $410,000 for chip and seal treatments last year; this year he plans to spend $410,145 on 23.27 miles of roads. Some of that is repair to roads that were paved with millings in 2013.“It seems like our constituents pretty much demand that we spend $1.5 million to $2 million just to maintain the roads and to see a few improvements here and there,” Councilman Gene Thompson said. “(Carney’s) decisions are based on what roads need work, not which roads are in my district or your district.”Thompson had originally proposed transferring $1.5 million from the economic development fund, but that motion died for lack of a second. Councilwoman Marcia Wilhoite moved to transfer $1 million; that motion passed unanimously.Carney said he gave the council a list of “my needs, not my wants.”This year’s plan includes chip and seal treatment to 23.27 miles of road, with about 8.8 miles receiving a “double” treatment. The method employs a layer of asphalt emulsion, which is then covered with gravel; in a double chip and seal, two layers are used.Just over 10 1/2 miles are being repaired because they were paved last year using free asphalt grindings from a state highway project. In May, Carney told the Boone County Commissioners that some of those roads would have to be repaired this year, because they were “just falling apart.”The repairs include 400 S and 775 E at 800 E; 425 S between 700 E and 775 E; 200 W between Ind. 32 and Mount Zion Road; Mount Zion Road from the Lebanon city limit to 200 W; 600 W from Ind. 32 to an existing blacktop; 700 W between Ind. 32 and 200 N; 425 E between 650 S and 750 S; Wolfe Road between 750 S and the county line; 600 S between Ind. 32 and 100 N; and Simmons Road between Ind. 39 and 300 N.Scheduled for paving are Darlington Road between 600 S and the Jamestown town limit; 1200 E between Ind. 32 and 200 S; 650 N between Ind. 39 and U.S. 421; 700 E between 425 S and the Whitestown town limit; Hazel College Road between Ind. 32 and Ind. 75; 300 E between 740 S and the county line; Fayette Road between 750 S and Ind. 267; 875/900 E between 200 S and 300 S; 1000 E between Ind. 32 and 200 N; 200 N between U.S. 421 and 1200 E; Hunt Club Road between Kissel Road and Old Hunt Club Road; Kissel Road between Oak Street and Hunt Club Road; 800 S between Interstate 74 and the CSX railroad; 600 W from the Mid-Jamestown Road to I-74; 175 W between 500 S and 600 S; 300 N between the Lebanon city limit and Elizaville Road; and 275/300 N between 800 E and U.S. 421.A mile of double chip and seal treatment is about $30,000.There are 755 miles of roads in Boone County; about 350 miles are gravel.

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