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Work starts on new building for highway department

The foundation has been poured for the new equipment building at the Ogle County Highway Department.

When completed, the 90-foot by 150-foot building will have a concrete foundation and steel frame and will be located at the highway department headquarters at 1989 Ill. 2 South, Oregon.

County Engineer Curtis Cook said the highway department's new $700,000 building will be used to store heavy equipment, some of which currently sits outside.

"When you don't have shelter for equipment it does not last as long," he said. "This building will allow us to store everything inside and make the equipment last."

The existing storage building was completed in 1967 and is a tight fit for equipment.

Road graders will be moved to the new building when the project is completed.

"The old building was built for smaller trucks," said Cook. "The road graders can barely get in."

Having the new space will make it easier to park the equipment and allow for better access to all the equipment, he said.

Dump trucks will remain in the original building.

Cook said plans call for the building to be completed by July 1, and after that parking areas will be redone to ensure that water drains away from the buildings.

"The parking lot is a mess with all the cuts in it," said Cook. "I am looking forward to getting the project completed."

The parking lot reconstruction will cost $278,000 and will be completed by Martin and Company.

The money to pay for the building will come from the county's Long Range Planning Fund.

Revenues in that fund come from the host fees paid by garbage collection firms to dump refuse in the landfills within the county.

The fees bring approximately $3 million per year to the county's coffers.

According to the budget, the Long Range Planning Fund, which is earmarked for major capital projects, was projected to start the new fiscal year with a balance of $13 million.

Cook said the county board added the project to the budget for this fiscal year and the project was awarded to Cord Construction Company, Rockford, in January.

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