Lincoln County gets on board with Move MN Campaign

IVANHOE?- At the recommendation of new County Engineer Dave Halbersma, the Lincoln County Board passed a resolution in support of the Move MN Campaign Tuesday.

Halbersma was recently hired under an agreement with Pipestone County to share an engineer.

Move MN Campaign is an organization that advocates a statewide transportation funding package to maintain and improve roads, highways, transit, bicycle and pedestrian facilities, to be funded by a 5 percent gas surcharge.

According to Halbersma, 58 of the 169 bridges, or 34 percent of all bridges in Lincoln County are functionally obsolete or structurally deficient. Thirty-seven are on township roads, 18 on county-state roads, and three are on county roads.

Functionally Obsolete is defined as a bridge for which the width or under clearance is rated at a condition of three or less on a scale of one to 10.

Structurally Deficient is a bridge with a deck, superstructure or substructure rated four or less on a scale of one to 10.

By comparison, Halbersma said 61 of 266 bridges in Pipestone County, 23 percent of the total, are functionally obsolete or structurally deficient.

“One-third of all bridges in Pipestone County were built in the 1940s, and I imagine it’s something similar in Lincoln County,” Halbersma said. “There was a 10-year period of bridge building back in the ’40s which is why they’re all FO or SD at once.”

  • In other business, Jeff Nelson, representing the Sioux Falls architectural firm of Baldridge and Nelson, accompanied commissioners and county staff on a tour of the general purpose room and law enforcement center.

Nelson’s firm was commissioned by the board to conduct a general survey of the county facilities to suggest a tentative list of improvements and expansion.

County law enforcement, child protection services and emergency management have outgrown the facilities in recent years and have to contend with cramped work space, handicapped access and lack of privacy when confidentiality is necessary.

On the recommendation of County Environmental Director Robert Olsen, the board voted to schedule and informational meeting on redetermination of benefits for Judicial Ditch 28 in Hansonville Township. The meeting will be held during the regular board meeting at 11 a.m. on April 15.