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June 23, 2013

Caution: Road work ahead

Road work, construction projects abound for city, county, region


Chip Seal Projects:

• 400 West: 100 South to 600 South, 5 miles

• 300 South: 725 West to 900 West,  1.75 miles

• 25 South: Ind. 19 to Division Road, 1.5 miles

• 100 South: 300 West to U.S. 31, 3.5 miles

• 200 West: 300 South to 300 West, curves around to 300 West, 1.5 miles

• 650 North: 600 East to 700 East, 1 mile

• 550 East: 100 North to 400 North, 3 miles

• 650 North: 1000 West to 1150 West, 1.5 miles

• 50 South: U.S. 31 to 500 West, 1 mile.

Current Road Closures:

• 725 West between 350 South and 400 South for bridge rebuild.

• 200 East between 150 North and 200 East for small bridge rebuild.

• 600 North between Michael Lane and 700 West for Kokomo bypass project.


Tipton city engineer Wyatt Johnson said the city has budgeted about $200,000 for projects this year, but hopes to carry over some of that amount to next year’s planned work.

Intersection improvements at Market Road and Main Street and at Industrial Drive and Berryman Pike head up Johnson’s list.

“Trucks are cutting the corner on both intersections,” Johnson said. “The Market Road/Main Street intersection also has considerable subgrade failure. In both, the right turn radius for eastbound traffic will be increased.”

City of Tipton asphalt paving for 2013:

• 2 blocks of North Conde

• 100 block of South Independence

• 100 block of Poplar

• 2 1/2 blocks of Washington

• 2 blocks of North West Street

• 300 Block of Maple


Miami County Highway Superintendent Sam Waltz hopes to reopen Business U.S. 31 to through traffic around July 4, as the county and contractors IMI continue work on a $325,000 project to repave and rehab the main drag into Peru.

Waltz has two new dump trucks, costing $150,000 apiece, to haul material to and from the repaving machines. The hauling work is being done by county employees, while Greenfield-based IMI is doing the actual paving work.

Last year, the county used federal funds to completely reconstruct the road between Airport Road and U.S. 31, and the $2 million project also included a complete replacement of the road’s drainage systems. This time around, Waltz said, they wanted to move quicker, so the second half of the Business 31 project will simply patch places where the underlying concrete’s seams are widening, and replace the surface asphalt.

Waltz isn’t releasing his annual chip seal list yet, until he sees how much the highest priority roads will cost. The county also has plans to rehab the bridge over Little Pike Creek on Ellis Road, and to do work on Mexico Road. A possible joint project with the city of Peru to repave Blair Pike is also in discussion, Waltz said.

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