GARNER | Motorists who travel on County Road R35, or James Avenue, between Britt and Kanawha will likely encounter a detour this spring.
On Monday, Feb. 5, the Hancock County Board of Supervisors awarded the nearly 9.7-mile reconstruction project to Flynn Company Inc. for about $5.4 million.
“This is the biggest one we’ve done in a really long time, but (the road’s) terrible,” Supervisor Sis Greiman said.
The road, which has been patched in recent years, will be reconstructed from south of 220th Avenue to north of Kanawha.
“We’re taking the old road, packing it back down and adding eight inches of new concrete,” said Shaun Hackman, Hancock County assistant engineer.
The project is expected to begin in April and be completed in October, Greiman said. Road closures and detours have yet to be determined.
“We want to try to work with the traveling public as best as we can,” Hackman said.
County Road R35, formerly State Highway 111, was turned over to Hancock County years ago along with about $2.7 million for future maintenance of the road.
Hancock County Engineer Adam Clemons said the project will be funded with Farm-to-Market funds and the more than $900,000 remaining in the Highway 111 Trust fund.
The Trust fund has been used for previous projects, including one more than 20 years ago supervisors said widened R35 and put an overlay over a stretch of the road.
Flynn Company Inc. of Dubuque was one of five vendors that submitted a bid for the project. Bids came in between $5.4 million to $5.8 million, which is less than the engineer’s $6.1 million estimate, Greiman said.