SALINE COUNTY – Saline County Road and Bridge Department crews will be placing shouldering materials along each side of several county roads this spring and summer. Road closures, while an inconvenience, are necessary in order to do this work as safely as possible for both the traveling public and the workers.
Shouldering work will begin next week (April 16 through April 20). Assuming weather or other unforeseen factors do not interfere, the work schedule is as follows:
- Monday, April 16: Old 81 Highway (a.k.a. S. 9th Street) from Water Well Road to Farrelly Road
- Tuesday, April 17: Old 81 Highway from Farrelly Road to Mentor Road and Mentor Road from Old 81 Highway east to the railroad tracks
In each of the above cases, the identified road between the indicated limits will be closed to through traffic and motorists will be required to use alternate routes. Traffic to/from destinations within the section of closed road will be accommodated; however, delays should be expected.
- Wednesday, April 18 through Friday, April 20: Old 81 Highway from Assaria Road to the southern county line
A “rolling closure” procedure will be utilized to conduct the work by the county crew for this third case. “Rolling closure” means that only one mile of the designated section of road will be closed at any given time. After work is completed, that mile will be reopened and the next mile closed and so on.
ROAD CLOSURES WILL BE ONLY BETWEEN 8 A.M. AND 4 P.M. EACH DAY FOR ALL THREE OF THE ABOVE SECTIONS OF ROAD. THE ROAD WILL BE REOPENED TO THROUGH TRAFFIC EACH EVENING AND REMAIN SO UNTIL 8 A.M. THE NEXT MORNING.
Shouldering will help extend the life of the pavement and thus result in cost savings for taxpayers. More importantly, the shouldering will add a measure of safety for the traveling public. Shoulders allow an opportunity for a driver to correct his/her steering in the event their passenger-side tires leave the edge of the pavement.