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St. Clair Twp. road to be realigned soon

LISBON — A long-awaited road realignment project for Calcutta-Smithferry Road is ready to begin on shortly after the new year.

County Commissioners on Wednesday award the bid of Rudzik Excavating Inc. for the $5.74 million project.

Chief Design Engineer Mary Browne with County Engineer Bert Dawson’s office said the contracts are being completed now, which will be followed by a pre-construction meeting and then the project beginning in early 2022, most likely January or February.

Although the engineer’s office has not worked with Rudzik Excavating in the past, Browne said the company did come in as the lowest bid out of seven received on the project. Bids were opened electronically at a meeting at the county engineer’s office, instead of at a recent county commissioner’s meeting.

Commissioners voted to approve the bid as was submitted by the engineer’s office.

The project is designed to take two dangerous curves off the roadway, where there have been accidents in the past including at least one fatality. It is mostly being paid for by various state and federal grants.

In other matters:

— Commissioners began certifying and appropriating money through the end of the year, including appropriating $720,272 for the engineer’s office. The commissioners also voted to reduce how much money was received in some budgets — the commissioners, $82,473; the prosecutor, $67,994 and the clerk of courts $147,020. Adjustments to appropriations are normal as the county begins to wrap up the year.

— Commissioners approved the bids for the various types of slag, gravel, limestone, asphalt, ice control, gasoline, diesel fuel and kerosene as recommended by the county engineer.

— John and Anna Beechy were given permission to hunt on County Home Road.

djohnson@mojonews.com

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