Published On: Thu, May 16th, 2013

Supervisors vote to update County road equipment

CENTER — Additional warning lights will be installed on the Knox County snow plows in order to ensure the safety of travelers out on the roads.

Knox County board members also agreed to spend $54,000 for piece of equipment for the Road Department at the May 8 Supervisor meeting.

A used John Deere 2004 550H LT crawler dozer will be purchased at a cost right at $54,000 from Murphy Equipment.

The dozer will be assigned to the Creighton area but it will be used by all of the districts said Knox Co. Highway Supt. Kevin Barta.

Board members agreed to install four additional lights on each of the county’s five snow plow trucks.

“When the snow is flying it is hard to see them.” Supervisor Danny Schlote said.

The total cost for the lights comes in a little over $2,000 according to Barta.

“The four lights, which will be blue and amber, will face forward,” Barta said. “We will be doing the work ourselves and it can be done over the summer.”

Barta informed the board members the State will be responsible for doing inspections on the fracture critical bridges in Knox County.

“I like the idea that they have taken on the liability but the cost for the inspections are astronomical,” Barta said.

The estimated cost for inspections on 45 steel truss bridges in Knox County comes in right at $75,450.

The cost to inspect each bridge is close to $1,675.

The county’s share will be 20 percent of the total cost which will be $15,090.

“We have some soft match credit – so we will not be writing a check out for that amount,” Barta said.

The State has hired JEO Consulting out of Norfolk to complete the inspections.

“If they find something that is wrong – then we fix it,” Barta said.