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Starke County Commissioners Receive Update On CR 700 East Work

Starke County Commissioners Kathy Norem, Dan Bridegroom and Jennifer Davis

Starke County Highway Superintendent Steve Siddall gave the county commissioners an update this week on their efforts to lay new asphalt on County Road 700 East. Siddall told the commissioners that he had sent a sample of their asphalt to the state laboratory in Indianapolis, and the results came back good. The state indicated that the typical pug asphalt mix is typically anywhere between 3.8 percent and 4.5 percent for asphalt content, and their mix results were ideal.

Siddall told the commissioners that the asphalt generally takes about a month to harden up after being mixed, so they typically mix the asphalt in the spring and lay it in late summer, allowing the material to flow in the summer heat.

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Starke County Bridge 34 To Be Replaced With Culvert

Steve Siddall

The Starke County Commissioners heard more bridge news from Highway Superintendent Steve Siddall, who informed them that Bridge 34 will have to be removed from the county inventory and replaced with a culvert.

Siddall says that repairing the bridge, which he described as “shot,” would cost roughly $340,000– a hefty price tag for the county that is currently sinking available funds into more time-critical projects. He said the bridge could instead be removed and replaced with a culvert at an estimated cost of $20,000, saving the county over $300,000.

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Starke County Commissioners Receive Update on Bridge Projects

County bridge #156 over the Robbins Ditch

Starke County Highway Superintendent, Steve Siddall, and Engineer Ken Minot approached the Starke County Commissioners yesterday to give them an update on three bridge projects.

Siddall was asked if Bridge #156, which is located at Range Road and 400 North, is moving on schedule.

“With what the Commissioners want for fall harvest, we’re right on time,” replied Siddall. “Hopefully, the weather cooperates.”

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Starke County Bridge Project Moving Along

County bridge #156 over the Robbins Ditch

Starke County Highway Superintendent, Steve Siddall, approached the Starke County Commissioners last night with some good news: The DNR has given them a bit of leeway in the bridge repair situation. IDEM and CORE permitting will not be involved as long as construction stays above the water line, and only the DNR permit will be needed.

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$10,000 in Damage to Roads Affected by Robbins Ditch Levee Break

Looking north on Range Road at the Robbins Ditch

Starke County Highway Superintendent, Steve Siddall, briefed the Commissioners and public Monday as to the damage done due to the levee break last week on the Robbins ditch.

“It broke out Thursday morning sometime and we were notified,” said Siddall. “The water had come across 400 North and then to the south of that on Range Road. Both roads took a pretty good beating. We’re looking at a lot of damage. $10,000 in damage is a rough estimate. I haven’t been up there because we’re trying to let things dry up. We weren’t able to open up Range Road up to 400 North on Friday by putting stone down as the road was impassable. We just barely made it across Friday to put stone down.”

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Officials Close Three Bridges in Starke County

County bridge #156

Starke County officials closed three bridges last week and determined that at least half of the bridges in the county need to be replaced or repaired.

The following bridges were closed:
Bridge #9 over the Jane Ditch (700 N and 500 E) in Oregon Township;
Bridge #62 over the Smith Ditch (Range Rd. and 500 S) in California Township;
Bridge #156 over the Robbins Ditch (Range Rd. between 400 and 500 N) in Davis Township.

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