Board considers 10-year road, bridge plan

NEW ULM — Brown County commissioners will review and consider a 10-year road and bridge construction program Tuesday, Sept. 4.

In addition, they will consider continuing the Local Option Sales Tax for Transportation (LOST).

Changes have been made based on current construction costs, bond payments, estimated state aid, Wheelage Tax, a $125,000 local levy for construction and continuation of the LOST. The major changes are:

• 2019-Move a KC Road bridge replacement project from 2020 to 2019.

• 2020-Change and CIR & overlay to an FDR & overlay project on County Highway 8 from TH 68 to County Highway 29.

• 2022-Change a CIR and overlay to an FDR & overlay project on County Highway 20 from County Highway 13 to TH 15; add bridge 2110 (Franklin bridge) replacement project on County Highway 8.

• 2023-Move County Highway 9 CIR & overlay from 2024 to 2023.

• 2027-Add a should widen and regrade project on County Highway 8 from south county line to County Highway 24.

• 2028-Add overlay projects on County Highway 8, 10, 24 and 27.

Grading projects were added to widen the narrowest roads as funding allowed.

The LOST for transportation funding has been included. It is currently planned through 2019 to fund the County Highway 29 project in 2019. If the LOST is discontinued, $16 million worth of projects will need to be cut from the 10-year program.

Commissioners will also:

• Consider a fiscal year 2019 $30,000 Families First for the UniversalContact/Follow Along Program grant application.

• Tabled Salary Administration Task Force recommendations to implement a 13-step salary range schedule for paying non-union, salaried and hourly employees effective Jan. 3.

The meeting starts in the courthouse commissioner’s room at 9 a.m. Sept. 4.

Fritz Busch can be emailed at fbusch@nujournal.com.

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