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Nebraska City News-Press - Nebraska City, NE
  • Nelsen seeks magnetic sweep for remaining county roads

  • The success of a magnetic bar to remove metal debris from roads elsewhere in Otoe County has commissioner Tim Nelsen looking for solutions for his fourth district.Commissioner Ron Hauptman connected a magnetic bar to the rear of a road grader in the first district east of Otoe in June and reports bucket loads of metal...
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  • The success of magnetic strips to clean metal debris from roads elsewhere in Otoe County has commissioner Tim Nelsen looking for solutions for his fourth district.
    Commissioner Ron Hauptman had connected a magnetic bar to the rear of a road grader east of Otoe in June and reported bucket loads of metal shards, wires and nails were removed.
    Only three of the county's 12 Caterpillar road graders have the hydraulic cylinders in the back to accept the magnetic bar and Nelsen said it will cost $1,000 for a welder to make each attachment.
    He asked commissioners Oct. 8 to purchase a $4,000 cart that can be used to magnetically sweep the county where the road graders do not have the magnetic bar.
    Hauptman said there will be other county expenses with the cart idea.
    He said there are 800 miles of roads and it will take two sweeps to cover the roadway, making 1,600 miles of roadway. The county would have to pay a driver and buy fuel for a pickup truck to deploy the magnetic sweep.
    Also, Hauptman said, the sweep is only effective if it is done along with grading.
    He said the magnetic bar did not pick up very much when it was used by itself, but after the grader disturbed the road surface most of the metal was collected.
    Hauptman agreed to investigate options and costs for using the magnetic bar on the county's other nine graders.
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