Dawes County Installing Culvert, Updating Roads Map

Photo: DawesCounty highway superintendent Larry Hankin discusses road issues with the DawesCounty commissioners at their meeting Wednesday morning. (Photo by Roxie Graham-Marski-KCSR/KBPY News)

(DAWES COUNTY)-At the Dawes County commissioners’ meeting Wednesday morning, highway superintendent Larry Hankin approached the commissioners with a variety of situations. Hankin had several changes that he had made to the road department’s policy manual, including the way that overtime is accrued and how call outs are handled. The commissioners discussed the changes with Hankin and then approved them. They also decided that due to the moisture the area has received recently, that starting Monday, September 29th, road crews will go back to their Standard Time schedule a month earlier than normal. During Daylight Saving Time, crews work 10-hour days, four days a week, and during Standard Time, they work 8-hour days, five days a week.

The road department is currently looking for seasonal temporary truck drivers to help haul gravel for use on county roads. The commissioners agreed that a little bit higher wage might attract some quality drivers to the position. They voted to offer $14/hour starting pay for eligible drivers.

Hankin mentioned a variety of road updates currently taking place throughout the county, including work that has begun on the Bethel Loop Bridge. Commissioner Jake Stewart says, that weather permitting, Littrell Construction will have the new culvert installed soon.

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Also at the meeting, the commissioners gave Hankin the official go-ahead to begin the process of helping to update the county’s road map in regard to which roads are county maintained, or open, and which are privately maintained, or closed. Look for more on this issue in an upcoming story.

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