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Raab, Oliver Rd bridges reconstruction to begin in March

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Victoria commissioner's approved the acquisition of land near the Oliver and Raab road bridges to reconstruct the bridges to safety standards.

County commissioners approved the purchase of seven plots of land near the bridges, three near Oliver Road and four near Raab Road. With the land purchases, the county will move forward with reconstruction plans for the bridges, extending Raab road bridge and turning the Oliver Road bridge into a two lane bridge. Commissioner Kevin Janak says the reconstruction has been needed for a long time.

"Well, an additional right of way is needed for the widening of these bridges to make the bridges safer. Right now on Oliver Road bridge we have a one lane bridge there which has been a fatality in the past and, also, on Raab Road bridge, where the bridge is still sound, it's just that it needs to be reconstructed and widened. We've out grown that entire area."

The Oliver Road bridge project will use three land purchases sold by nearby families who were willing to sell their land to see the bridge reconstructed. The Blanton family offered over 8,000 square feet of land towards the project, the Krueger Family Trust offered over 12,000 square feet of land and the Rosenquest family offered a little under 5,000 square feet for the project. 

The Raab Road bridge project is using land purchased from four different families in the area to make the improvements. The Herman family offered over 4,000 square feet of land, the Jacob family offered over 9,000 square feet, the Knudsen family offered a little under 8,000 square feet of land and the McMillian family offered a little over 1,000 square feet of land.

Commissioner Janak was quick to thank these seven families for graciously offering to sell their land to improve the Raab and Oliver Road bridges. Janak says that without the support of these families, the reconstruction of the bridges could not happen. 

Construction on Raab Road bridge will start in March, with construction on Oliver Road bridge to begin once the Raab Road bridge is complete.

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