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Innovations play key role for engineer in 2012

Logan County Engineer Scott Coleman and his staff continue to embrace innovations to help improve and care for the county’s transportation infrastructure.

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Mark Hilty with the Logan County Engineer’s Office uses a wireless remotecontrolled crane to maneuver a 60-pound hydraulic post driver into position along County Road 91 this week. The equipment is part of a new truck which enables one employee to handle sign replacement and maintenance of the county’s 6,100-plus sign inventory. (EXAMINER PHOTO | JOEL E. MAST)

In 2012, the county became just the second community in the nation to use recycled plastic structural materials for a bridge.

Crews also participated in microsurfacing projects to preserve road surfaces, beet juice to improve the performance of salt and grit on ice- and snow-covered roads and borrowed ideas from equipment manufacturers to assemble a one-man road sign maintenance truck.

Increased revenues are helping fund the innovation along with special grants.

Revenues from a 0.5-percent sales tax grew 15.6 percent in 2012 to hit more than $2.7 million, the highest collections in the history of the voter-approved tax.

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