GARNER | Mother Nature hasn’t been kind to Hancock County’s R35 reconstruction project.
That’s what Shaun Hackman, assistant county engineer, said Wednesday, Oct. 3, when asked about its progress.
“We’re still moving forward as long as the rain holds off,” he said.
The $5.4 million project, reconstructing County Road R35, or James Avenue, from south of 220th Avenue to north of Kanawha, began in June and was scheduled to be completed in mid-October, but due to numerous rain events this spring and summer, the new completion date is Nov. 1.
Concrete on the nearly 9.7-mile stretch of the roadway has already been crushed, but inclement weather throughout the state has stalled the project’s contractor, Flynn Company Inc., from starting concrete work.
Hackman said the contractor is moving equipment from another site to Hancock County within the next week in hopes of pouring concrete on Oct. 22, weather permitting.
“It takes 12 to 13 days as long as no rain interrupts production,” he said, adding the contractor may end up working over weekends to complete it before Thanksgiving.
According to the National Weather Service, there was chance of rain showers or severe storms every day from Oct. 3-10.
“If the farmers can’t get in the fields, we can’t build a road,” Hackman said.
Until the roadway is completed, the Hancock County Secondary Roads Department recommends motorists use the designated detour.