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Secondary roads department transitions to five-day work schedule

Published: Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2013 10:43 a.m. CDT

The Union County Secondary Roads Department is adjusting to the transition of its five-day work schedule.

According to the department's labor agreement, crews work longer hours during the summer, Monday through Thursday, to take advantage of more daylight. After Labor Day, they switch back to working five days a week.

"When they travel to jobs (in the summer), they are able to use their time more efficiently during the day and stay on site longer," said Union County Supervisor Chairman Ron Riley.

Steve Akes, Union County engineer, said working the longer days during the summer allows the guys to complete projects in a timely manner, reducing the expense of numerous trips.

"Our main shop is in Creston, but Afton is really the center of the county so when you get down to the southern corners of the county, it makes for long trips," Akes said.

The Secondary Roads Department recently finished its second mowing around the county and crews are doing the final preparations to high-traffic roads to prepare for the winter.

Workers are now on call during all hours in case there is a need for snow removal.

Akes also discussed preliminary plans for scheduling bridges with the board of supervisors for 2014.

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