Drainage, culverts will be county priorities

Along with road maintenance and repairs, Boone County Road Department will be concentrating on drainage issues and culvert replacement during the 2017 construction season, according to Stacey Robinson, county highway superintendent.
She reported to the commissioners Monday, May 8, on current and upcoming projects.
Several bridge projects are part of the county’s one-year improvement program, and bridge deck replacement is underway now on 255th Avenue just northeast of Albion.
Concrete box culverts are also scheduled for replacement. Robinson said the county has several locations where concrete culvert sections are splitting apart under the roadways.
Inspections of scour-critical bridges are also planned this summer.
Robinson discussed the possibility of no longer renting shop space at Loretto, and instead moving the equipment and tools from there to the Petersburg shop. She said the crew had told her all major equipment could fit inside the Petersburg shop. The county pays $150 per month rent and an electric bill for the Loretto shop.
Commissioner Ken Luettel suggested the board wait to make a final decision on the Loretto shop until he can visit with the road crew.
Details in the May 10 Albion News & Petersburg Press, Print and E-Editions.