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The Rolla Daily News - Rolla, MO
  • Paving CR 7210 would cost about $141K

  • Phelps County Commissioners are a step closer to applying for a federal grant to pave a county road off Route W after an engineering firm signed off on a cost estimate.
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  • Phelps County Commissioners are a step closer to applying for a federal grant to pave a county road off Route W after an engineering firm signed off on a cost estimate.
    County commissioners are working toward applying for a grant through the Delta Regional Authority (DRA) to pave County Road 7210, between Route W and County Road 7240 near Vida.
    With the help of County Road Superintendent Walter Snelson, Todd Dablemont, with Benton and Associates, prepared a cost estimate for the project, which totals about $141,982.50.
    The estimate is based on placing about four inches of hot-mix asphalt on the road, which is about 3,000 feet long and would widen it to 24 feet.
    County Clerk Carol Bennett said while a local match is not required for this DRA grant, any local contribution is taken into account when a decision to award the grants is made.
    Bennett said the county highway department crews could help with labor, equipment, base aggregate and culvert work.
    Snelson was asked, assuming Oct. 1 would be the start date for the project, if the grant funds are approved, how soon the work could be completed.
    While he said the fall may not be the ideal time for a hot-mix asphalt project, assuming good weather, it could be done in a few weeks.
    District Two Commissioner Gary Hicks said paving this road might encourage truck drivers traveling to and from businesses in the area to use the new paved road and not nearby County Road 7240.
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