Morton road projects pushed back to 2014
By LeAnn Eckroth
MANDAN, N.D. — A list of Morton County road resurfacing projects intended for the 2013 construction season budget have been pushed back to 2014 because revisions, more projects, funding needs and a heavy project work load, said County Engineer Mike Aubol. More projects also have been added because of legislative funding that became available, he said.
New Salem West
A project to resurface County Road 139 from west of New Salem to the east will be bid out through the state Transportation Department in November. The 5.4-mile project is estimated at $950,000. The project was revised in mid-2013 with changes. Nearly one mile more was added to the project to allow access to the newly built Cenex Harvest States grain terminal east of New Salem, Aubol said.
The project that resurfaces a distance of 4.27 miles of County 84 (Exit 134) from south of Interstate 94 to the north also will be bid in November. Its estimated cost is $750,000.
Hebron to the east
County No. 139 from Hebron to the east – 3.3 miles will be bid out at the same time this fall by the state. Its estimated cost is $675,000.
Aubol said the new Salem west and County 84 road projects were first included in the 2013 budget.
Revisions were made and a new project was added in the middle of this year – the access the Archer Daniels Midland Grain Terminal located three miles east of Hebron, he said.
Project changes throughout the year and a heavy workload of road projects to plan for forced Aubol to delay the bidding process until this fall.
He said there are more road resurfacing projects planned for state bidding in 2014. The overlay projects will be paid for with the help of House Bill 1358, which distributes highway funds from state sources. The county must pay roughly a 10 percent match.
South of New Salem
County 85 south of New Salem to County 139 will be bid out next year. The 3.3-mile project is estimated to cost $670,000.
Resurfacing work on a 9.33-mile project on County 86 from south of Almont to Interstate 94 has been added to the work list for 2014, Aubol said. Its estimated cost is $1.75 million to complete.
Glen Ullin North
Morton County will have the DOT bid out a three-mile repaving project from north of Glen Ullin to I-94. Cost has been projected to be $640,000.
Glen Ullin West
A separate Glen Ullin road project moving west on County 139 from Highway 49 to I-94. The 5.85-mile of road work is expected to cost is $1.3 million.
Another item in the 2014 budget is County 139 from Hebron to the Morton-Stark county line. The 2.1-mile project is estimated to cost $450,000.