Federal grant could help replace Landis Rd. Bridge

Board of Supervisors
By: 
Kim Brooks
Express Editor

     Landis Road Bridge outside Anamosa, which crosses the Wapsipinicon River, could see a facelift in the near future.

     County Engineer Derek Snead and Assistant Engineer Todd Postel shared the news with the Jones County Supervisors during their Sept. 22 meeting.

     The Engineer’s Office is pursuing a BUILD Grant through the Federal Highway Administration for a bridge replacement project.

     “It’s all about revitalizing our nation’s infrastructure,” explained Snead.

     There are stipulations, however.

     “We’re not exactly sure of the parameters yet,” said Snead. “The specs are kind of vague.”

     Each state will compete for $100 million toward infrastructure improvements. There is a 75/25 match.

     The structures submitted for consideration must be over 150 feet in length, easy to rebuild, at a high cost to reconstruct.

     “It has to be difficult for the county to fund on our own basis,” added Snead.

     The Landis Road Bridge is structurally deficient and sees a high traffic volume. Snead said adding in environmental clearances, design costs, permitting, grading, erosion control, engineering, and right of way purchases could all lead to a successful project, if awarded.

     “This isn’t something we can realistically replace in the near future,” said Snead, “even if we save every dollar.”

     Landis Road Bridge is not on the county’s five-year road/bridge program for replacement.

     Snead placed a $2.75 million price tag on the bridge replacement.

     “It’s competitive,” Postel said of the grant application. “We want to throw our name in the hat; we think we have a good candidate, but we’re up against 98 other counties.”

     The board approved the submission of the grant application. Snead said they likely wouldn’t find out until next summer if awarded.

In other county business:

     Emergency Management Coordinator Brenda Leonard updated the board on the remainder of the CDBG grant the county received to purchase and deliver food to those homebound during the pandemic.

     The county received $44,000, and has quite a bit of food left over. Leonard said the plan is to distribute the food to Jones County food pantries, and stipulate that it should go to those in need due to COVID-19.

     • In addition, Leonard said she is working with Jones County Public Health officials on a plan once a COVID-19 vaccine becomes available.

     • The board approved the submission of an appeal to FEMA regarding the denial for individual assistance for Jones County related to damage to private residences from the Aug. 10 derecho.

     • The board approved a bid from Weber Construction to removal derecho debris from Grant Wood Memorial Park. Weber was the lowest of two bids at $2,500.

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