County commits funds to road project with Lemmon, Perkins County

The Adams County Commissioners came to a decision about road projects late in the afternoon on Tuesday, and Reeder will see some new road coming in and out of town.Posted August 7, 2013

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By JAMIE SPAINHOWER
Record Editor

The Adams County Commissioners came to a decision about road projects late in the afternoon on Tuesday, and Reeder will see some new road coming in and out of town.
It was unanimously decided to re-do the mile of road coming in from the east straight across west to where it meets up with Highway 79.

The remainder of the funding from HB 1358 will go to the joint project with Lemmon and Perkins County on the Railway Street project.
“We have to have the applications in by Friday,” said Chairman Chuck Christman. “Then they will have to be approved by the HB 1358 Committee for that final step.”

The three entities have been working together on the project for a year, trying to find a way to fix what they feel is one of the worst, and most dangerous, roads in the two counties.
Adams County owns the northern half of the road, Perkins the southern half and Lemmon is responsible for the in-town portion. When the road was built, it wasn’t designed for the size and loads of the trucks that now use it, and it has been fixed as much as it can be.
“It will benefit a lot of residents in the entire area,” said Christman. The road will be redone from the roadbed up, and the finished road will be wider, with shoulders and able to handle the heavy truckloads demanded of it.

It just can’t be fixed anymore, it has been chip-sealed as much as it can be, and simply needs to be rebuilt.
Safety has been the driving issue behind the project, and Commissioner Kathy Vliem has said she doesn’t want an accident to be the catalyst for finally getting the project going.
Lemmon is going to have a traffic county done on the road in the next few weeks, which will not only determine the number of vehicles using the road but the type as well.

In other business, the board:
• Discussed the surplus property now being stored. “We have quite a few of the steel desks and tables in storage we would like to dispose of,” said Christman. “Anyone interested in them can come take a look, and if they fit their needs, have them.” Call Pat at 567-4363.
*Set their next regular meeting for Thursday, Sept. 5 at 8 a.m.