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Meeting will explain road plans, dust control project

By Jennifer Zartman Romano

The community is invited to learn more about plans for local roadways at a special meeting on Wednesday, May 11, at 6:30 p.m. at the Whitley County Government Center Building.
"We'll do what we've done for the past few years. Show maps, what we're going to do first," said county highway superintendent Michael Barton. "We'll also talk about the calcium chloride program and what people can do with that this year."
According to Barton, the county, for a number of years, sprayed 200 feet of calcium chloride in front of every home on a gravel road to keep dust at a minimum for homeowners.
"This might not last forever with the economy going the way it's going," Barton added. Anyone who wants additional footage down, that will be sold in 100 ft. increments for $78. To pay for that, call 1-574-267-2286.
"It's good that it's free (for 200 foot), but if you want to stop all dust, it probably takes 300 feet. That stops dust and should entirely keep dust away from their home or laundry."
At previous meetings presented by the highway department regarding road repair plans, upwards of 75 people have attended. This will be the third year for the meeting.
"It will hopefully bring in a lot of people who have questions. The commissioners will also be on hand to answer any questions they can," Barton concluded.

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