PLYMOUTH — While the dry weather has caused a problem with burning around the county, it has also caused a problem with the construction of the new Pioneer Drive – workers are finishing ahead of the asphalt.
Good weather has enabled dirt work and paving contractors to move at a very quick pace. Ron Wireman – DLZ construction engineer on the project – reported that the job was “43.2 percent” done to the Marshall County Commissioners. All work is complete between S.R. 17 and the railroad; from the railroad to Lincoln Highway and the 9th Road connector and the cul-de-sac.
The project just needs some asphalt.
“They (Rieth-Riley, contractors on the project) have about a million tons of asphalt to put down by Thanksgiving,” said Wireman.
Pavers are scheduled to begin on Oct. 23, but it was hoped that workers might start on laying down the surface before that. In any case the road should be complete by the Nov. 6 open date for Lincoln Highway.
Part of the construction will involve a four-way stop where the new road crosses Lincoln Highway. Motorists should be aware of the new four way stop at the intersection to avoid accidents. There will also be a three way stop at the 9th Road connector.
In other business:
A section of LaPaz has been rezoned to heavy industrial.
Land recently purchased by Cargill in LaPaz was rezoned to match the current zoning of property already owned by the company, adjacent to the new parcel. The company is involved in the storage of grain and providing crop services.
Billy Smith – Location Manager for Cargill – said that there were no plans currently for the recently purchased property, but the zoning change was sought to allow such development, should the possibility arise in the future.
The company is working on drainage and other improvements to the property currently.