Several Polk County Roads are getting improvements thanks to state aid money. Polk County Judge Brandon Ellison said the county had to match 10% and that ARDOT performed engineering and the bid handling process for the work. The work actually started several months ago with the county road department doing prep work including cleaning ditches and improving drainage. The project includes 8.43 miles total and includes asphalt leveling of some sections of the existing hard surface, and then a single layer of asphalt emulsion and mineral aggregate, as well as striping. Roads included are 1.44 miles of Polk 288 near Cove, 4.43 miles of sections of Polk 21 and Polk 23 near Vandervoort, and 2.56 miles on Polk 246 near Gillham Lake and the Town of Grannis. The state aid portion of the project totals $518,663.90 plus an additional $120,000 of prep work. Polk County’s part is $51,866.39. This project took all of Polk County’s 2018 and retained 2017 state aid allotment.