The Decatur Daily Democrat

New bridge near Monroe


An old bridge just a short distance north of Monroe’s town limits on Van Buren St. will be replaced this year, but only after Indiana Michigan Power moves a pair of power poles.

Brad Yoder, the county highway superinten­dent, told that to the commission­ers on May 10 as he said the new bridge will be wider than the very narrow one there now.

To get the project under way, the commission­ers voted 3-0 to hire the Beam, Longest, and Neff engineerin­g firm of Indianapol­is to do that planning and preparatio­n work, after which bids for the bridge constructi­on will be sought.

Other road news:

• There was a 3-0 vote by the commission­ers to approve four permit requests from Indiana Michigan Power to replace poles: three poles on CR300N between CR100E and

CR200E, two poles on CR300N between CR200E and CR300E, four poles on CR100E between CR200N and CR300N, and two poles on CR200W between CR300N and CR450N.

• Yoder still does not have confirmati­on of the starting date of constructi­on of a oneton dump truck by Ford Motor Co. that the county is buying from Moser Motors of Berne and also has no word on progress in getting a tandem-axle dump truck from Stoops Freightlin­er.

• With weather heating up, he expects his staff to be mowing grass along berms this week or next week.

• Warmer and drier weather allowed river and creek water levels to drop, so the four county roads closed by high water last weekend are open again.

• Patching of cracks in roads will be done, with chip-andseal surfaces to be put over the patches.

• A problem that developed last year on CR400W between

Winchester Road and US 224 will be fixed this year, Yoder said. The problem was that the stones on the surface did not stick as they were supposed to.

• There was a 3-0 vote to have profession­al engineer Nate Rumschlag, a Decatur resident who is also the Wells County engineer as well as a member of the Adams County rural sewer district board, serve part-time as the engineerin­g adviser. He’ll be paid $125 per hour and work as needed.

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