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Holmes Road 

 

Holmes Road from Farrelly Road to Mentor Road will be closed Monday (October 13th) for the replacement of an existing drainage structure with a new reinforced concrete box (RCB) drainage structure.  The structure is located 0.1 mile north of Mentor Road.  The work at this site is anticipated to be completed by the end of November.  Of course, completion is dependent on unforeseen conditions such as adverse weather. 

Through traffic will be restricted during the construction period and motorists are advised to allow a few extra minutes of travel time to reach their destinations.  Local and emergency traffic will be provided access to private property within the sections of closed road at all times but only from the side of the project site upon which the property lies.  The only times these properties may not be accessible might be during possible critical stages of construction when it is impractical to carry on construction operations and simultaneously allow local traffic. 

 

Simpson Road 

 

Simpson Road from Hobbs Creek Road to Rose Hill Road will be closed Friday (October 30th) for the replacement of an existing drainage structure with a new reinforced concrete box (RCB) drainage structure.  The structure is located 0.35 mile north of Rose Hill Road.  The work at this site is anticipated to be completed by the middle of December.  Of course, completion is dependent on unforeseen conditions such as adverse weather. 

Through traffic will be restricted during the construction period and motorists are advised to allow a few extra minutes of travel time to reach their destinations.  Local and emergency traffic will be provided access to private property within the sections of closed road at all times but only from the side of the project site upon which the property lies.  The only times these properties may not be accessible might be during possible critical stages of construction when it is impractical to carry on construction operations and simultaneously allow local traffic. 

 

Thompson Road

Thompson Road from Humbargar Road to Lockard Road was closed to through traffic June 2, 2014 to permit Saline County Road and Bridge Department staff the opportunity to perform detailed assessments of the condition of the 240-foot long bridge over the Saline River.  This closure was prompted by recent observed changes in the condition of the bridge.  Closure of this road does not cut off access to any private properties as there are several alternate routes around this area. 

The bridge was posted at 15-ton maximum load many years ago and has been inspected and monitored frequently throughout that time period.  Despite the posting, drivers of loaded semi trailer trucks weighing 40 or more tons and tractors towing grain carts which present even worse load combinations than semi trailer trucks have been observed to continue crossing the bridge.

Federal  law requires that bridges that cannot be certified to carry at least a specified minimum load must be closed to protect public safety.  It is not known at this time how long this section of road will be closed.  Closure of this bridge should have minimal impact on grain harvest traffic as use of this bridge by semi trailer truck traffic was already illegal due to the load posting.