BY MELANIE BUCK –
County crews have completed the construction of a bridge on Polk County Road 630 in the Shady community. County Judge Brandon Ellison said that the old bridge was constructed of all wood and was just simply, ‘worn out.’
The new bridge is a 30-foot long structure that is 12-foot wide concrete and steel low maintenance model. The bridge will be single lane traffic only. Ellison also said the bridge was constructed exclusively by the County Road Crew. The cost was $25,500 for labor, materials, and equipment.
Next on the schedule for the County Road Crew will be placing primer on Polk 45 between, Hwy 8 and Hwy 375; Polk 41 South, between Hwy 8 and Hwy 375; Polk 46, Polk 703, and small portions of Polk 70. The primer will be laid on those roads on Friday, June 24, 2016.
Primer is a very messy oily substance that will cling to your vehicle and dry. It is removable with WD-40 but is unpleasant to deal with. Primer is necessary for a quality hard surfacing project. If you must travel these roads before the primer cures, please drive 5 MPH or less to avoid flinging the oil on your vehicle and degrading the project. Primer generally requires one day to cure.
After the primer is dry, Ellison will have his crew begin the hard-surfacing of the roads. County Roads 41, 45, 46, and 703 will receive a double seal of hard surface. Polk Road 70 will receive hard-surfacing in two small areas.