• Charlene Sims, Journal staff

Asphalt foreman announces paving projects for 2023


Portions of Wall Street Road and County Road 1095 are expected to be pave next year according to Tod Moeller, the county's asphalt foreman. (Wix stock photo)


MOUND CITY – As a part of plan for each department to meet with the Linn County Commissioners toward the end of the year to update them, Linn County Asphalt Foreman Tod Moeller met with them on Monday, Nov. 14.


Moeller said that he planned on focusing up around the La Cygne area next year on Young, Vail, Valley and Sadler roads. He said they were all out of rotation for the chip-and-seal.


“I’ve got a couple south of Mound City that I really need to get covered up with some good rock,” Moeller told the commissioners. He added that as they had talked about recently, the county is going to get quarries to do more of the washed chip again.

Moeller and the commissioners had met with Whitaker and Hamm quarries recently and Moeller expressed concern about how the rock was not working well in the chip-and-seal because it was not washed.

Commissioner Rick James asked Moeller if he was going to rotate to each district.


Moeller said that when his predecessor was in charge of asphalt, they had jumped around the county for a couple of years. He said the roads were falling out of the planned rotation, so his first year he jumped to roads in Blue Mound, Pleasanton, and Mound City to catch up.


Moeller said that he plans to focus on chip sealing in one area. He is going to put the county roads on a grid and that way the county does not have to keep moving equipment across the county to do four or five miles of road. They will chip in an area and patch in an area.


“If we are going to chip in an area like Mound City and Pleasanton, we do that,” he said, adding that then crews would move on to La Cygne and Parker. That way the crew are not jumping all over the county.


He also said that his crew would try to use quarries in those areas. It will be more cost effective and easier to make sure we are getting everything in that area done.


He said it had been a weird year, because he did not realize that the county was no longer receiving washed rock and it was not working well.

James pointed out that sometimes the county contracts with a company to do a section of road for them like County Road 1077. He asked if the county had anymore of those plans.


Moeller told commissioners that he had two roads in mind for doing that next year, he was just trying to decide which road needed it the most. The areas to be done include about six miles of Wall Street from Kansas Highway 7 and County Road 1095 north from K-7. He said both roads were heavily traveled and it was a toss up between them.


Moeller said that he was told by Bettis, the company that usually does asphalting in Linn County, that if the county can prepare the road leveling it out before Bettis comes in, the road will receive the full uniform asphalt of 1.5 inches and it will not have any kind of a swag or rut. He said that they had been doing some patching on Wall Street.


James asked Moeller how the equipment for that department was holding up and Moeller told him that they had been messing with the pump on the distributor but it was working okay now.


Moeller told the commissioners that he would really like to have a high flow milling head to go on one of the new skid steers. He said that it would help the county crew get rid of rough approaches to some of the bridges.


The benefit of the high flow is that it can remove high spots in the road by grinding them out. He said the crew could reshape roads as necessary like 1700 Road where it is higher than the center because it had pushed so hard. It could be milled down to taper it.


The cost of a high-flow milling ahead would be approximately $30,000.

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