Thursday, August 28, 2014

Elkhart County Highway Department announces ditching project

An eight-week berming project will level roads across the county. Find out if your residence or business will be affected.

Posted on April 21, 2014 at 8:17 p.m.

GOSHEN — Some residents and businesses along county roads will need to move their sprinkler systems soon or risk damages.

The Elkhart County Highway Department announced plans for an eight-week berming project on county roads at Monday morning's commissioners meeting

The project is a continuation of last year's ditching efforts

John Bowers, assistant manager of the highway department, told commissioners Monday morning that he wants to get the word out that people in affected areas with sprinkler systems should pull them back at least five feet and curl them to avoid damage. 

The process of berming consists of running a grader blade three to four feet in from the edge of the paved road, Bowers explained in an email. This causes any sod or dirt to be removed at an elevation equal or slightly lower than the existing edge of the pavement, he wrote.

The project is sectioned into eight weeks, with each week focused on a different part of the county. Week one begins May 5 in the southeast section of the county. The project will progress northwest as the weeks go by, with the final week focused on roads in the very northeast corner of the county. 

Much of the north and southeast parts of the county have already been bermed.

Bowers said information will soon be available at the Elkhart County Highway Department website.

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 FILE - In this Sept. 25, 2013 file photo, Scott Small, and other National Forest Service crew members work to restore terrain that was bulldozed for a firebreak in the battle against Rim Fire on a nordic ski trail along Dodge Ridge in the Stanislaus National Forest, near Tuolumne City, Calif. The Forest Service says it will release a final decision Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014, on how much timber to log from the Sierra Nevada's largest wildfire in recorded history. Last year's Rim Fire burned 400 square miles including parts of Yosemite. A debate has since raged about sending burned and dead trees to lumber mills or leave them and let nature take its course. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, File)

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