By MARK EVANS
STE. GENEVIEVE HERALD
With road and bridge foreman Scott Schmieder busy overseeing two road projects, Ste. Genevieve County Commissioners decided to tour some of the ongoing work in person after wrapping up their agenda items last Thursday morning.
The commissioners watched crews work on Madden Creek Road, where they were doing patching. They also checked out the revamped Saline Creek Road, where a bluff was removed, a steep hill paved with asphalt and sections on both sides of the hill paved with chip and seal.
They expressed pleasure in how the Saline Creek project turned out. The transition from chip and seal to asphalt at the bottom of the hill was largely seamless and the paving was smooth.
The work on Madden Creek also looked good.
They also swung by Progress Parkway, where Might Light Cement Finishing was working on the crosswalk and steps project.
The long-planned project, which for a time was going to feature an elevated walkway with elevator, would up being a crosswalk across Progress, tying the Ste. Genevieve County Community Center, Progress Sports Complex and other entities on the southwest side of the street with the new River Rapids Waterpark on the northeast side.
The steps are nearly done.
The cost of a pipe that will go under the street was also discussed both during the meeting and with personnel on the site. The drainage pipe that will run down hill to a junction box was priced at $16,500. Just over $10,000 was for the pipe itself, which the commissioners thought was excessive.
It was also noted that there was no word on Truck 7, a 2011 Freightliner, that was being worked on in Wentzville.
Schmieder will call and check on the status of the newest dump truck, a Western Star truck that will get its bed and accessories added at Viking Cives in Morley.
Presiding Commissioner Garry Nelson repeated his desire to have all three commissioners go down and tour the plant when the truck is picked up in Morley.
It was also noted that it would be about three to four weeks before Moore Fencing can replace the damaged fence between the county recycling center and Stuppy Auto and Wrecker Service.