Pioneer Dr. 90% complete; road may be open this month

PLYMOUTH — Construction on Pioneer Dr. has reached the home stretch, according to a report from DLZ Engineering in the county commissioners meeting Tuesday.

Road workers finished the final placing of asphalt on Pioneer Dr. Tuesday and plan to pave Jim Neu drive later this week.

“They’re moving right along out there,” commented commissioner Kevin Overmeyer.

Over the next month, the new road will be decked out with markings, monuments, and signs in preparation for the first traffic it has seen since the project began in spring of 2010.

Overmeyer said that he believes the project may be slightly under budget currently, but that could change.

“We will just have to wait and see what happens when they get everything done,” said Overmeyer.

While the completion date had been set for Oct. 17, Tuesday’s report indicated that the road could be ready to reopen as early as Sept. 21.

Ron Wireman, project engineer, noted on the report that all work on the project is dependent on weather and other unforeseen conditions.

The new Pioneer Dr., complete with two driving lanes and one center turn lane, will provide travelers with an easier route from Indiana 17 to the industries and retailers on U.S. 30.

Also in the commissioners meeting:
• Marshall County Sheriff Tom Chambelin asked for the commissioners support in purchasing two new vehicles, both 2011 Ford Crown Victorias. The vehicles are $22, 789 each, and will be purchased from Oliver Ford in Plymouth. The two cars will be used in the fleet, one to replace a recently totaled vehicle, and the other to replace a 2008 unit. The 2008 vehicle will be used as a spare car by the sheriff’s department. Chamberlin also quoted two local estimates for repair to the 2011 Dodge truck that was involved in an accident recently. Lincolnway Auto Body, with the lowest estimate, will be repairing the truck shortly. Chamberlin will also go the county council next week to ask for the money for the new vehicles.
• Debbie Dunning, Marshall County assessor, asked the commissioner’s permission to hire an independent attorney on a case-by-case basis for some her appeals to the attorney general. The attorney that she had used before is currently the general counsel for another company, and Dunning asked for the commissioners to sign a contract to allow her to borrow the attorney if needed. The commissioners agreed to enter into the contract.
• Mark Hollingsworth with USI Construction reported that the Pierce St. bridge is about 20 percent complete. He brought a change order for the commissioners to sign in the amount of $3, 600. The county is responsible to pay 20 percent of that amount due to Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) requirements. Other than that, Hollingsworth said that workers are staying right on schedule.
“They seem to be a very motivated construction crew—they’ve worked several Saturdays now,” added Hollingsworth.