Ferguson Blacktop closed for paving

FERGUSON – The paving on the Ferguson Blacktop (E-63) is expected to begin this week as a 6.75-mile stretch gets redone between Highway 14 and Highway 146 in the Ferguson area.

“It should be no more, weather permitting, than a week of paving,” said Paul Geilenfeldt, Marshall County engineer. “That project is going well.”

Geilenfeldt gave an update on county road projects to the board of supervisors Tuesday.

He said the Ferguson project, which is led by Cessford Construction of Le Grand, will have a marked detour route.

“It will be closed, but we are paving it in halves if anybody locally will need to get through there,” Geilenfeldt said.

The cold-in-place recycling of the road will be done before the paving begins and that was expected to start Tuesday. Paving could begin as early as Wednesday and start on the west end of the road near Highway 14, Geilenfeldt said.

The Iowa Avenue paving has been completed between Parker Avenue and Highway 30 southwest of Marshalltown. Geilenfeldt said Cessford has one last piece of the project on Iowa Avenue – to bring the shoulder rock up to the level of the new road.

“We still need to do shouldering out there,” Geilenfeldt said.

In other discussion, Geilenfeldt said they are in the permit process for the 19 additional wind turbines coming to the county.

The next regular meeting of the supervisors will be at 9 a.m. Sept. 10 in the courthouse.