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Posted: Saturday, May 11, 2013 7:00 am

Even though the county has suspended its gravel to pavement conversion program, there is still roadwork planned for this spring and summer, County Engineer Joe Feldmann said.

The county highway department’s workload for this spring and summer includes putting a hot mix overlay on some roads while others will get a chip seal treatment.

A hot mix overlay is scheduled for three roads near Labadie — Grand Army, Bassett and Decker. A hot mix overlay also is planned for Kiel-Lyon Road near New Haven.

North Commercial Road near St. Clair and Germantown Road near Union also will get hot mix overlays if funding allows.

If all those roads get a hot mix overlay, it would be a total of 15.1 miles.

Grob Road and South Door Ford Road, which are in the central to southwest part of the county, will also get chip and seal treatment this year. Grube Road, which is in the same general area, also may be chip sealed if funding allows.

If all those roads are chip sealed, it would total 9.45 miles.

Chip sealing involves putting down an asphalt oil surface and chipped rock application to create a new road surface.

Corridor Study

County officials may commit taxpayer money toward a study of the Highway 47 corridor between Washington and St. Clair.

They have discussed committing between $50,000 to $100,000 to cover some of the study with other local government entities. One idea is to make the highway four lanes to improve traffic flow and relieve congestion.

First District County Commissioner Tim Brinker has said that funding the study is a better use of county funds than paving small, rural gravel roads. Putting that money toward a study of the Highway 47 corridor would benefit more residents, he said.

But improving Highway 47 could be in jeopardy now that a transportation sales tax bill in the Legislature may not pass.

The bill, which would put the tax on the ballot for voters to decide, is the main funding source that local officials are banking on for the project.

Even if the transportation tax bill fails, the study should still be done, Brinker said. That’s because the study will still be useful for at least a decade, Brinker added.

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