GARNER | An estimated $11.1 million in road and bridge projects are scheduled in Hancock County between fiscal years 2020 and 2024.

On Monday, April 1, Hancock County Engineer Adam Clemons presented the five-year secondary roads construction program to the supervisors during their weekly meeting.

“It’s a pretty busy construction plan,” he said. “There’s a couple big years in there, and there’s some bigger projects in there, too.”

The construction program, which the County Board ultimately approved, is comprised of 17 road, bridge and right-of-way projects that will be paid for using county farm-to-market, federal-aid swap and local funds.

The list is as follows (project, cost):

In fiscal 2020:

  • Asphalt paving of nearly nine miles on Hancock County Road B20 from Kossuth County line to County Road R35, $1.5 million.
  • Construction of an 80 feet by 24.5 feet continuous concrete slab bridge on 110th Street over Branch Boone River from Grant Avenue to Hill Avenue, $300,000.
  • Construction of a twin 12-by-10 box culvert on 130th Street over Middle Branch Boone River, $275,000.
  • Local right-of-ways at various locations, $15,000.

In fiscal 2021:

  • Construction of a 100 feet by 30.5 feet continuous-concrete slab bridge on 225th Street from Deer Avenue to Estate Avenue, $630,000.
  • Repaving of County Road B40 from James Avenue to U.S. Highway 69, $1.13 million.
  • Asphalt paving of 220th Street from James Avenue to Kent Avenue, $200,000.
  • Construction of a 100 feet by 24 feet continuous-concrete slab bridge on 170th Street over Boone River, $360,000.
  • Asphalt paving of 220th Street and Iowa Avenue from James Avenue west and north to W ¼ section, $125,000.
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In fiscal 2022:

  • Construction of a 140 feet by 24.5 feet continuous-concrete slab bridge on Echo Avenue over Branch Boone River, $510,000.
  • Asphalt paving and widening of 225th Street from County Road R26 east to Britt city limits, $450,000.
  • Asphalt paving on 13 miles of County Road R26 from 225th Street to County Road B63, $1.6 million.

In fiscal 2023:

  • Construction of an 80 feet by 24.5 feet continuous-concrete slab bridge on Birch Avenue over Lindsey Creek, $300,000.
  • Construction of a twin 12-by-10 box culvert on Deer Avenue over Boone River, $275,000.
  • Construction of a single 10-by-10 box culvert on Crane Avenue over Buffalo Creek, $150,000.
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In fiscal 2024:

  • Asphalt paving on nearly 14 miles of County Road B14 from U.S. Highway 69 to Cerro Gordo County line, $2.5 million.
  • Construction of a 180 feet by 24 feet continuous-concrete slab bridge on 180th Street over East Iowa River, $775,000.

“It’s a very big bridge to do locally, but it needs to be done,” Clemons said of the 180th Street bridge. “That’s one on the list.”

Also during the meeting, Clemons told supervisors Flynn Company Inc. is expected to return to Hancock County on April 15 to complete paving on County Road R35, or James Avenue, from 170th Street to Kanawha that was left unfinished last fall due to repeated rain events.

The crew will likely be blading, hauling rock and surveying the road before that date.

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The road was closed in March, and motorists are asked to take the designated detour.

The County Board also decided it’d hire outside contractors to complete the county’s 57 drainage tile work orders in hopes of alleviating some of the workload on the Secondary Roads Department, which has nearly 150 work orders related to the spring flooding.

Those interested in being added to the contractor list are encouraged to call the Hancock County Auditor’s Office at 641-923-3163 with company name, hourly rate and a certificate of liability information. The supervisors will divvy up the projects at a later date.

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Reach Reporter Ashley Stewart at 641-421-0533. Follow her on Twitter at GGastewart.


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