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February 18, 2014

County OK's pre-engineering for 7 road, bridge projects

The Limestone County Commission on Tuesday approved preliminary work for seven bridge and road projects around the county.

The commission voted to suspend the rules of order to accept pre-engineering agreements with the Alabama Department of Transportation.

This allows the projects, which were approved by the county last year, to move forward through the Alabama Transportation and Rehabilitation Improvement Program.

The county’s share for the preliminary work of the seven ATRIP projects is $60,330, while the federal match is $241,520.

The following pre-engineering projects were approved Tuesday:

• Bridge replacements — Grigsby Ferry Road Bridge over Branch, Liberty Lane Bridge over Little Limestone Creek, Quinn Road Bridge over Beauchamp Branch, Quinn Road Bridge over Round Island Creek and Thach Road Bridge over an unnamed branch north of Wooley Springs Road;

• Intersection improvements at East Limestone and Capshaw roads;

• Lane addition on East Limestone Road from Elkins Road to East Limestone High School.

County Engineer Richard Sanders said the next step in the pre-construction process is for the Federal Highway Administration to accept the agreements, which could take six to eight weeks.

Once approval is secured from the FHWA, the county’s consultant will start preparing project plans, which is expected to take six to nine months. Sanders said the county hopes “to have some of the projects ready to bid by the end of this year.”

There are 29 roadway projects within Limestone County that are part of the $966 million road infrastructure program, which includes 1,000 projects statewide.

During the county’s ATRIP press conference three months ago, Sanders said the local projects would likely take two to three years to complete.

Agenda rundown

In other business, the county approved the following:

• Service contract with acting foreman Danny Swanner, effective while District I Foreman Stanley Hill is on leave;

• $1,900 monthly reimbursement for the District Attorney’s Office for temporary office space;

• Lease of one 2013 Chevrolet Tahoe to the Sheriff’s Office at annual rent of $1;

• $29,000 proposal from Underwood and Associates in Decatur to complete the design of the Limestone County Archives improvement project, which is being funded by an ALDOT grant;

• $2,800 monthly rental agreement with Warrior Tractor & Equipment Inc. for a John Deere excavator at a maximum of $15,000;

• Promotion of Jonathan Bates to equipment operator III in District 4 and Justin Brown to herbicide operator in the Engineering Department;

• Transfer of Sharon Wilson to engineering clerk in the Engineering Department;

• Merit increases for Roy Lee Bailey, Michael Black, Justin Brown, William Chandler, Danny Craig, April Davis, Debra Davis, Sandra Gaines, Jonathan Hinton, Sonya Persell, Cameron Puckett, Kenny Thompson and Denise Williams; and

• Negotiation of a contract with Montgomery-based Goodwyn, Mills & Cawood as architect for the East Limestone Senior Center project.

The commission will hold a work session at 10 a.m. Feb. 26 at the Washington Street courthouse annex.

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