Time is of the essence for road projects to get 100 percent pay back

By Taylor Risse

The Bennett County Commissioners held a regular meeting on Wednesday, August 21, with much to discuss in the highway department.

Tom Wilsey, Senior Engineer at Brosz Engineering, met with the board to discuss getting Adam Johnson’s road fixed. It would cost the county around $38,000 for the engineering service which would include engineering, surveying, putting plans together to build the road, and taking care of the state permits. 

The timeline of the project is 180 days from the event (the flooding) to get the project finished and use the emergency money and 100 percent is paid. As of August 21, there were 90 days left to get the project finished for 100 percent payout. After that it goes to an 80-20 pay plan. 

To be able to use the emergency money, there has to be engineering plans. Wilsey told the board, “Any work done in the 90 days will be paid 100 percent.”

Wilsey estimated a minimum of 30 days to get all the engineering services finished. The hold up will be getting all the correct permits. The state won’t allow construction to begin until they have all the correct permits. 

(See p. 1, 8-28-2019 edition for full text)

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