Road 24 out of Milligan is closed for the foreseeable future. Construction has begun to rerock the nine miles between Highway 6 and Highway 41.
The Fillmore County Board of Supervisors voted during their April 26 meeting to rerock the Milligan North road. The winning bid was R.L. Tiemann Construction, Inc. with a bid of $168,435.30 but the board did approve a change order for $28,044.00 for 3800 ton of higher quality rock that Tiemann bid but according to the minutes from the meeting the change still brought the bid in as the lowest bidder.
In 2014 Fillmore County residents had the opportunity to vote on paving this section of road but the resolution failed by 160 votes county-wide.
The road, which is heavily traveled, is also one of the main conduits for school traffic between the Exeter and Milligan campuses of Exeter-Milligan schools.
County Road Supervisor Pat Halbur didn’t have an estimated length of the project, “The contractor first told me that they were going to a half mile a day and I think that they will never make that expectation. The county has used their forces to do rocking projects before and it took us a lot longer. They aren’t putting as much rock in it as we did since it already has rock embedded in the road but I would guess it will take them a few weeks.”
Halbur also noted that the contract includes a completion date of August 15 before school starts and the county has an operator dedicated to maintaining Road 21 and 24 throughout the construction project.