Road Closed

EDITOR'S UPDATE: After Engineer Randy Zerr reached out to Norris Asphalt Monday morning they advised due to work still being completed on Highway 2 they will not be shutting Highway S26 down this week. The new projected shut down week will be the week of October 19. The new date is again weather dependent. 

Those that travel to or from Allerton daily may be looking for a new route this week. Wayne County Engineer Randy Zerr informed the Board of Supervisors in their regular meeting on October 5, plans were finalized for road improvement completion on the Allerton pavement, Highway S26.

“On S26, it is anticipated that the contractor will be back on October 13 through Friday, October 16 to work on that on the overlay,” stated Zerr. “It’s all weather dependent and as of right now we plan on closing S26 Tuesday morning at 8 a.m. and opening back up on Friday at 5 p.m., again weather dependent.”

There will be detour routes and signage provided. With the schedule being weather dependent, the work on this highway could continue into the following week of Monday, October 19 through Friday, October 23.

Zerr also informed the board the agreement with the City of Corydon for the Wayne County Courthouse courtyard is still underway. It was also noted the county engineer’s office is looking for any riffraff, or concrete that may need removed within the county.

“The county would come out and look at it, break it and haul it away,” said Zerr. “If people have anything they can get ahold of us.”

The county took possession of two new maintainers and secondary roads is awaiting arrival of an AED defibrillator after being awarded one through the Iowa Heart Association grant program.

Zerr also stated they will be working with Wayne County Public Health to set up a drive-thru flu shot event in the Wayne County Courthouse parking lot later in the month.

There were guests in attendance of the meeting to discuss the low water crossing on Cedar Road.

“As of now we are turning them into low water crossings that is a trapezoidal shape,” said Zerr. “Our records indicated the last one on Locust Creek which was a bridge, it was washed out in 1976 and they built a low water crossing at that exact point and it was the first one in the county. My guess is what we are proposing to do is what was there before. And the culvert was an add in at some later date.”

“I’ve talked about that a few tines and I think that’s a dangerous situation to have a low water crossing like that,” said Supervisor Don Seams.

In other business, the board approved a 40-cent an hour wage increase for Courthouse Maintenance and Custodian Aaron Hoelting following his six-month probation review. The hourly increase was approved to take effect immediately.

The board also approved the $7,500 commitment to Chariton Valley Housing Trust Fund. This fund will be matched in a four to one commitment.

The next Wayne County Board of Supervisors meeting will be held on Monday, October 19 at 9 a.m.

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