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Feds to pay for curve work east of Sheridan

A mile east of Sheridan, a truck heads east on Highway 32 toward troublesome curves where improvements are planned. Federal funds will pay for most of the work.
A mile east of Sheridan, a truck heads east on Highway 32 toward troublesome curves where improvements are planned. Federal funds will pay for most of the work.

The federal government will pay most of the cost to help tame some road curves a mile east of Sheridan.

The La Salle County Board’s Highway Committee voted Wednesday to recommend to the full County Board safety improvement work on the half mile of Highway 32 — also known as Bowen Road — around North 27th Road.

“We’ve had some run-off-the-road accidents there, so we did apply for (federal) safety funds to do some road widening and shoulder improvements,” said County Engineer Larry Kinzer.

The estimated cost of the improvement is $355,660. Of that, $320,094 will come from the federal highway safety improvement funds. The county will need to come up with the rest.

Although there is road signage, the flat terrain makes the curves difficult to see.

“It’s a big swooping S-curve,” said Highway Committee Chairman David Zielke, R-Leland.

“There’s also a lot of speeders on that road,” he said.

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