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Fort Howard Road work moves along

POSTED: February 6, 2012 5:11 p.m.

Work on the Fort Howard Road is progressing, Rincon city officials said, and is on target for its projected completion date.

The 2.2-mile stretch of road from Highway 21 to the city limits at Bunyan Kessler Road is being widened from two lanes to three lanes, adding a center turning lane. Fort Howard Road is one of the city’s busiest, with an average of 11,400 vehicles per day.

“Fort Howard Road is going fine,” said Tim Baumgartner of EMC Engineering. “Everything is moving very well on Fort Howard Road.”

Seaboard Construction won a bid for the work, getting a $2.66 million contract. Sidewalks will be put in for the length of the road along the south side. The deep, open ditches that run alongside Fort Howard Road also will be covered and piped.

Traffic flow and drainage along Fort Howard are expected to be improved as a result of the work. Work on the project started in December and is projected to be done in October.

As part of the work, utilities are being relocated in some areas and there will be modifications to entrances along Fort Howard Road.

Questions on utilities relocations have been settled in less than a day, Baumgartner said.

“There has been very good communication,” he said.

The project is being funded through city general fund reserves and special purpose local option sales tax proceeds.

“This is all local dollars,” said Mayor Ken Lee.

Speed limits through the construction zones have been reduced to 35 mph

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