Commissioners to weigh paving more county roads

Updated: Apr 1

MOUND CITY – The discussion about roads began when Linn County Commissioner Danny McCullough said on Monday, March 8, that he had received several road complaints. He said he wanted to encourage residents to either call the road and bridge department (913-795-2229) or to use the online form to report road problems.

With that opening, the conversation quickly shifted, however.

Commissioner Rick James asked Public Works Director Shaun West to bring the information on the cost difference between maintaining a mile of gravel road and an asphalt road for three to five years to the next meeting.

James said he wanted to know on a gravel road, how much gravel is used and the time to maintain it compared to the cost of a paved road.

County Counselor Gary Thompson said that he thought James was wanting three figures; the cost of maintaining the gravel road, the cost of maintaining a paved road, and the cost of paving a road.

“Maintaining a gravel road that is on high ground isn’t going to be the same as Boicourt where we have more flooding,” said West. “I am going to have to average this out.”

“We have not paved roads since I’ve been commissioner, seven years now,” said James, “and how long is the county going to continue on with just gravel?”

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