The Engineering Department is dedicated to planning, developing and maintaining the County's infrastructure, and facilities, in a manner which provides safe travel for the general public and enhances the quality of life in Barton County. The Engineering Department solicits grants and other funding for major reconstruction or new construction projects. In addition to project management, Engineering includes Stormwater Engineering, Traffic Engineering, and engineering information and support services, including mapping and GIS functions. They also keep records on all surveys and section corners submitted, and assist other surveyors as needed in the locating of records and/or section corners.
Completed Bridge Project on East Barton County Road
The new bridge 1 mile east of Great has been completed and the road was re-opened on Oct. 2, 2018. L & M Contractors, Inc., of Great Bend was the prime contractor for the project. The construction and inspection work was 80% funded with federal money that passed through KDOT. Barton County picked up the remaining 20% of those costs, and the County paid for all of the design work that was done by Kirkham Michael out of Ellsworth. The multiple-barrel concrete box structure that was removed was suffering from stream erosion and settlement issues. See pictures of the bridge construction work.
Completed Road Overlay Project on East Barton County Road
Venture Corporation finished the work on a hot mix asphalt overlay project on East Barton County Road on July 19th. The project stretched from the US-56 intersection (the Y) west of Ellinwood to the East 110 Avenue intersection (Hirsch Avenue), which includes 7th Street along the north edge of Ellinwood. The work consisted of a 1.5-inch asphalt overlay along with rock shoulder wedges along the edges of the new pavement. Several side street intersections were resurfaced to provide a smooth transition and to repair cracking and potholes. A striping contractor will be in the area later this fall to paint the centerline and edge line markings.
Arkansas River Bridge on SW 50 Avenue
An extensive bridge deck rehabilitation project that began in August 2017 was completed in May 2018. L & M Contractors removed deteriorated areas in the concrete and placed new concrete patches. The entire deck then received a concrete overlay. See pictures of the project.
New Crosswalk Markings near the Hoisington Activity Center
A team effort has resulted in the new and improved crosswalk markings near the Hoisington Activity Center. Janel Rose with the County Health Department applied for grant money from the state to purchase the materials. The County Engineer supplied cost estimates and the crosswalk design, and the County Road & Bridge Department installed the markings. See pictures of the new crosswalks.