Road Construction Project in Marshall County on Hold

The 7th Road project in Marshall County will not be completed this year.

The project supervisor overseeing the construction, Bart Trester, told the Marshall County Commissioners that the current state of the project on Michigan Road will remain through the winter.

“The traffic has been running on phase three section of the roundabout and will probably remain like this through the winter,” said Trester. “The contractors finished placing the HMA base and intermediate lifts along the main line from Seltenright Ditch to Linden Trail and the HMA base from Seltenright Ditch to the roundabout. Due to weather limitations, the contractor will more than likely shut down operations for the winter. They have opened Lilac Road and Linden Trail for thru-traffic for over the winter.”

Trester also presented four change orders dealing with unforeseen issues related to soils, the addition of base seal and bridge piling issues. The grand total came to $165,264.34. The work orders were approved by INDOT and INDOT will pay 80 percent of the cost. The county’s portion will be approximately $33,000.  The commissioners unanimously approved the change orders.

The asphalt plants are expected to be shutting down soon so that will halt the remainder of the project. Commissioner Jack Roose asked that some additional road markings be included in the roundabout area to more clearly show the boundaries of the road. He stated that drivers aren’t slowing down in that area which can lead to more serious issues. Trester said he’d speak with the contractor to meet that request.

Trester said the conduit installation for the Metronet project is complete and the final paperwork was ready for the commissioner’s signatures. The last portion of the project was along Glen Overmyer Drive by the water treatment plant to State Road 17 in Plymouth.