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The Mercer County Engineer, Jim Wiechart, is announcing a road closure on Tama Road between SR 49 and Wabash Road in Liberty Township for a bridge replacement and roadway approach reconstruction. This road will be closed on July 23, 2019 and is scheduled to reopen by or before October 31, 2019, depending on the weather conditions.
Any additional questions, contact the Mercer County Engineer’s Office at 419-586-7759.
CHIP & SEAL SEASON
Mercer County Engineer Jim Wiechart is announcing that crews will be starting the yearly chip and seal work on various rural local roads in Mercer County.
We would like to request that yard mowing not be blown onto the county and township roads. Doing so creates additional prep work to get the roads ready for chip and seal and slows the whole operation down.
Blowing excess grass onto the roadway also makes a hazard for motorists and especially motorcycle riders that most of us don’t think about related to loss of traction. This becomes even more dangerous with rain on the roadway. Stopping distances increase and friction between the tires and pavement decrease. This scenario has caused tragic accidents and has opened up unknowing property owners to lawsuits. We respectfully request that private mowers are turned around for a couple of passes to keep our roads and traveling public safe.
County and township roads with “Loose Stone” or “Loose Gravel” signs posted are roads that are scheduled to be chip and sealed this season. These roads will have temporary closures during the chip and seal process. We thank you for your patience in helping to keep the traveling public and our workers safe.
Corn in Right of Way
(7-15-19) Mercer County Engineer, Jim Wiechart is reminding landowners and farmers that corn that has been planted and is encroaching in the road right-of-ways can be a very serious sight problem on the narrower township and county roads. “Such sight problems limiting the ability of the traveling public to see, can be particularly hazardous; causing the very real and dangerous potential for intersection accidents,” Wiechart said.
The Mercer County Engineer’s Office requests that landowners review these intersections where they have corn planted and if they see sight problems, they lessen the hazard by removing that portion of the crop that is obstructing the clear line of sight. Details regarding existing township and county road right-of-ways may be obtained by contacting the engineer’s office.