The original LOST funding ends on June 30, 2014 and the $4.5 million dollars per year end with it. From July 1, 2014 for 10 years, LOST was approved to provide 50% of the revenue received by Linn County toward road needs. The expected $2.5 million dollars per year are to be spent on any maintenance or construction activity. Investing this money in a system that may be sustained over time is our mission. The original LOST program was used to improve the paved system and bridges. This allowed the Road Department to complete paving on 25 miles per year for four years. The concrete overlay replaced the 2” asphalt overlay process that was what county staged construction expected every 15 years. Investing $2.5 million dollars per year for ten years should allow all roads in Linn County with traffic above 700 vpd to be paved. It should allow the 3-mile grid system to be completed as it sections reach 150 vpd and should provide dust control for all rock surfaced roads with traffic above 200 vpd. LOST funds may allow for a cost share with developments that could resolve the desire for paved streets and concrete curbs. It is not enough funding to provide dust control along all roads and is not enough to upgrade equipment throughout the system.
Seal Coating - 3 Mile Grid System
There are a few projects to directly seal coat routes that have been graded and rock based. These projects will provide completion of routes that are expected to pick up traffic and have been selected to be in the 3-Mile Grid Program. Seal coating provides additional funding in future years because of the formula used to allocate road use tax between counties. We will receive additional funding from the already existing gas tax based on the bituminous hard surfacing placed. This additional funding will provide for the maintenance of the larger hard surfaced system that we expect to create over time with rural development and increased traffic.
A map showing the current 3-Mile Grid System is available here. The current system is based on 2009 IDOT traffic counts. The map will be revised to reflect the latest 2013 traffic counts when the counts are available in Spring 2014.