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It looks like a Third Avenue grading-and-paving project stretching from the Columbus city limits north to the Lost Creek Parkway has found its concrete  contractor.

The Platte County Board of Supervisors awarded paving bids to Gehring Construction and Ready Mix Co. of Columbus for this summer’s resurfacing of Third Avenue and a stretch of a county road leading into Humphrey from the north.

“The contractor is ready to go to whichever one is ready first,” said Jane Cromwell, administrative assistant for the Platte County Highway Department following Tuesday’s meeting of the board of supervisors.

Cromwell, added all the underground work (including a box culvert and bridge removal) on the stretch a little longer that three-quarters of a mile is complete.

The roadway has been scheduled for closing on June 25 for resurfacing that will take eight to 12 weeks to complete.

That means the road is expected to reopen by Sept. 17, which is well after schools open for classes in the fall, Cromwell said. The road has been open this summer to allow for local residents to have access to their homes.

The paving project, which has an estimated price tag of $600,450, also includes shoulder work and the milling up of existing asphalt pavement to support the roadway’s base.

The one-quarter mile resurfacing north of Humphrey, a roadway commonly referred to as the Humphrey Spur, will likely be second on the project list, Cromwell said.

The Humphrey paving project, hooking into Highway 91 from the north, has a projected cost of $253,495, Cromwell said. The project also has high groundwater issues that could prompt it being slotted behind Third Avenue, she said.

Later this summer, county plans call for pulverizing a portion of East 29th Avenue and overlaying it with asphalt. The roadway from U.S. Highway 30 to East Eighth Street, is often stacked with semis on the way to the Archer Daniels Midland plant.

“That’s the one that everyone’s waiting to get done,” Cromwell said, adding that the existing concrete will be pulverized for the road’s base with an asphalt overlay.

The road’s current traffic count is well over 500 trucks a day, she said.

Jim Osborn is a reporter for The Columbus Telegram. Reach him via email at



Jim Osborn is a news reporter at The Columbus Telegram.

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