Two county roads to get $2.3 million upgrade

Two Marshall County road resurfacing projects totaling $2.3 million were approved Tuesday by the Board of Supervisors.

The $1.7 million resurfacing project of E-63 (290th Street), also known as the Ferguson Blacktop, was approved. This summer project, which was awarded to Cessford Construction, will resurface the 6.75 mile stretch between Highway 14 and Highway 146 that runs alongside Ferguson. County Engineer Paul Geilenfeldt said the road will remain open during the project and they will use a pilot car to lead the traffic around the construction work. He said the age of the road and its heavy use determined the need for the project.

“There’s a lot of heavy truck traffic,” Geilenfeldt said.

This project is expected to span three weeks this summer.

Cessford also landed the $611,348 project to resurface a 1.85 mile stretch of Iowa Avenue from Parker Avenue west to the Highway 30 ramps. Geilenfeldt said this stretch of road “is in need of some maintenance.”

Both projects were let out to bid by the Iowa Department of Transportation. They are paid for by the Surface Transportation Program and Farm to Market funds, which are federal and state funding sources. The exact timing of the two road projects will depend on the contractor’s schedule.

In other action approved by the supervisors, a jailer was hired for the Marshall County Sheriff’s Office. Jessica Ann Lampe will start Monday with a pay rate of $16.66 an hour.

Several events utilizing the courthouse grounds later this year were approved by the supervisors including the Springtime Extravaganza on May 4, a walk benefiting Domestic Violence Alternatives on May 11 and Oktemberfest from Sept. 26 through 29.