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County to seek bonding for road work
May 08, 2014 Jerry Purvis   

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Scotts Bluff County Commissioners decided to seek bonding to pay for an approximate $1.75 million to mill and overlay four miles of Sugar Factory Road. The section of road runs from 27th Street north to Lake Minatare Road.

County Roads Superintendent Bob Bennett told commissioners at their Monday meeting the county is already receiving $133,000 a year from the state for roads. He said those funds could go toward the project, but it’s still unsure whether the state payments will continue in the future.

Another section of county road in need of repair is two miles of 21st Street from Highway 92 to the bypass. That project is estimated to cost around $750,000. It’s also one of the county’s most highly trafficked roads.

“If we only have the ability to do one section, I’d support the Sugar Factory Road project,” said Commissioner Ken Meyer. “In addition to people going to the lake, there are a lot of farmers in that area who use the road during harvest. I’m also seeing more residential subdivisions going in as well.”

At previous meetings, Commissioner Mike Marker said he continues to get complaints about the condition of Sugar Factory Road from area farmers. He also indicated the road is dangerous in many spots.

Meyer said he wished the county had sufficient funding to repair all the county’s problem roads, but they need to start with the ones in most need of attention. Other roads in need of work include Highland Road, Stegall Road and County Road 19.

“We’ve been talking for some time about doing these projects, but we need to get started, even if we need to bond it,” Meyer said. “The longer we wait, the more it’s going to cost.”

Bennett agreed, saying if the county waited until the money was available, the roads would be in even worse shape.

Commissioners authorized Bennett to work with County Management Accountant Jerry Crable to determine how much bond the county could secure with the annual $133,000 from the state.
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