In a letter from the Barry County Road Commission, Lawrence Road residents were recognized for their patience during the heavy construction work done on the road during the fall season.
“I personally would like to personally thank you all for your patience and kindness,” wrote Jacob Welch, director of operations. “I have been onsite daily and from my experience, and from the experience of our contractor, everyone has been patient, kind and welcoming.”
Welch said in the month of October, the area had 11.25 inches of rainfall. “This didn’t lend itself to road construction,” he said.
Much of the work has been done, but there is more to do. When weather allows in the spring, traffic control will go back in place and the rest of the work will be completed with additional grading and spreading topsoil and seeding. After restoration is complete the final coat of asphalt will be placed and the road fully open to traffic, he said. He estimated the work would take a few weeks.
In the meantime, the road is open with advisory signs as the final cost of asphalt is not completed.
“As the road sits is how the road will remain through the winter. We will monitor the site regularly and address any issues that arise.”
“We certainly realize this was horribly inconvenient and it was handled by everyone involved very well. This is what we truly appreciate about being part of the Barry County community. If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to give me a call at 269-945-3449. We will see you in the spring!”