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Commissioners view plans for new road

Equipment is on site for the new road to be built along the east edge of the VeraSun property.Plans for a half mile of new county road, located east of the VeraSun ethanol plant, were reviewed by Boone County Commissioners at their meeting Monday, March 31, with Darrel Thorin, county highway superintendent.

The road was approved last month after land purchase negotiations were completed.

Due to the closing of the rail crossing on a minimum maintenance road southeast of the plant, 265th Street, the new road was deemed necessary for access to farm fields and a natural gas valve.

Commission Chairman Hank Thieman said the county hopes to receive state reimbursement of about $22,000 in exchange for closing the rail crossing.

The county has purchased two acres of land for the new road at a cost of $20,000, and the total construction cost is estimated at $22,000.

Thorin discussed relocating the north end of the road to the west in order to avoid an ethanol plant discharge pipe in that area. Construction has already begun.