Marshall County Attorney Jim Clevenger is waiting for more information to complete two speed limit ordinance amendments.
The Hickory Road bridge project is requiring a speed limit change to 45 mph to compensate for the design of the new bridge set for construction in 2018. He is unsure of the exact distance to include in the ordinance amendment.
Marshall County Highway Administrator Laurie Baker presented the commissioners with a contract between the county and DLZ concerning the Hickory Road bridge. The contract includes the construction inspection of the bridge and the off-site wetland mitigation. The commissioners did approve a contract with DLZ Engineering not to exceed $186,360.
Laurie Johnson from DLZ provided an update on the pre-construction on the Hickory Road Bridge project.
One Marshall County bridge is almost complete while another is in the design phase.
Ben Beer from USI Consultants told the Marshall County Commissioners on Monday that Bridge #174, or Apple Road Bridge, is nearly complete.
“They should have everything completed this week,” said Beer. “They’re paving and putting up guardrail and seeding and then they’ll be out of there. There are no change orders. Everything was within budget.”
The Marshall County Commissioners received an update on the plans for the Bridge 81, or Hickory Road, project.
Laurie Johnson from DLZ reminded the commissioners that the wetland mitigation documents will be presented to them at their next meeting for approval. The Plymouth Board of Public Works and Safety approved the paperwork at their last meeting that allows the county to maintain the grounds for ten years and then it will go back into the possession of the city.
The Plymouth City Council received paperwork concerning Marshall County’s wetland mitigation project and easement. The plan has also been presented to the Plymouth Park Board for approval.
The wetlands area is located at the end of Plum Street and Walnut by the river. The area is part of the county’s Hickory Road bridge project.
Steve Knies from DLZ said the plan includes the planting of trees along with shrubs native to that area. The plan includes a list of over 1,000 native grasses and other vegetation that is included there.
The work on getting paperwork done for the upcoming bridge replacement project on Hickory Road continues with various reports conducted by engineering firm DLZ.
Laurie Johnson from DLZ told the Marshall County Commissioners this week that the archaeological report is complete and approved by INDOT and no project impediments have been identified on the grounds. Title work for the mitigation site has been received and the permit for waterway construction will be reviewed by the Indiana Department of Natural Resources.
Several reports are being gathered to prepare for the Hickory Road Bridge replacement.
Laurie Johnson from engineering firm DLZ reported to the Marshall County Commissioners this week that the draft of Wetland Mitigation Plan was recently submitted with the final draft expected this month. Johnson also said work on the Wetland Mitigation Site is in progress.
The Marshall County Commissioners discussed two supplemental contracts for the Hickory Road Bridge replacement project.
Engineering firm DLZ has increased the costs of contracts for extra work needed for the wetlands mitigation and the right-of-way portions of the upcoming bridge replacement project. Highway Administrator Laurie Baker said she has provided the contracts to INDOT and the officials there have blessed them for signatures.
The Hickory Road bridge project continues to move forward.
Laurie Johnson from engineering firm DLZ told the Marshall County commissioners this week that all five right-of-way parcels have been secured. She said mitigation plans are the next focus.
“We move forward with survey, design, NEPA, and permitting of the mitigation project on the city owned property,” stated Johnson. “The archaeology report has been submitted and Cardno is completing the design. They actually submitted a preliminary design to us and to Ryan Cassidy at the Army Corp for preliminary review.”