The first day of snow and ice control efforts began on November 17, 2014 and ended on March 3, 2015. The Highway crews were called out for a total of 39 days during the winter season, 15 of those days in January and 16 days in February. “The winter season got off to a normal start but then there was a very rare break in the weather and we did not have one call out for the entire month of December,” noted Fulton County Engineer, Frank T. Onweller, P.E., P.S. There were 2,758 manhours worked, including 1,233 of overtime. 47,580 lane miles were driven with a total cost of $413,242. Fulton County maintains 726 lane miles of roadways. The total cost was a 36% decrease over the record setting winter of last year.
With the price of salt being significantly higher, the county was fortunate the winter was not as severe as last year. “North American Salt was our supplier this season. We ended up paying $95.50 per ton compared to $62.23 per ton last year,” states Onweller. The County used 1,766 tons of salt compared to 2,470 tons last year.
How does the County pay for this? Onweller said that the cost for the winter snow and ice control operations, like all other operational costs and expenditures in the County Engineer’s Office and Highway Department, are paid for from revenue generated from the collection of motor vehicle license registration fees and state fuel taxes.
With the last of the winter weather behind us, the County Engineer’s Office is preparing for some notable projects throughout Fulton County this summer. Gerken Paving will be resurfacing 17 miles of County Road D and 6 miles of County Road 3 at a cost of $4,291,484. A federally funded grant will cover 80% of the construction cost of this project.
Another notable project is the replacement of Bridge 26D.5 located on Road 26 about a half mile north of Road D in German Township. B. Hill’z Excavating was the lowest bidder for the construction of this project at $205,888.
For more information, please contact the Office of the Fulton County Engineer at 419-335-3816 or visit the website at www.fultoncountyoh.com/engineer. If you would like to be notified of bid postings, sign up for road construction notices and/or other information from the Engineer’s office, visit the Notify Me tab located on the website.