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More space for big equipment in Ogle County

New 13,500-square-foot building on the way for highway department

Published: Wednesday, April 23, 2014 1:15 a.m. CDT
(Photo submitted by Curtis Cook)
Three cement trucks line up April 11 to pour cemment into the forms for the new equipment storage building at the Ogle County Highway Department. The building is expected to be completed by July 1.

OREGON – Crews are busy building shelter from the elements for the Ogle County Highway Department’s heavy equipment.

The 13,500-square-foot building, at department headquarters at 1989 Illinois Route 2 South, will have a concrete foundation and steel frame. It will store heavy equipment, some of which has been sitting outside.

“When you don’t have shelter for equipment, it does not last as long,” County Engineer Curtis Cook said. “This building will allow us to store everything inside and make the equipment last.”

The existing storage building, built in 1967, is a tight fit for equipment. The new building will make it easier to park the equipment and provide better access.

“The old building was built for smaller trucks,” Cook said. “The road graders can barely get in.”

They will be moved to the new building when it’s ready, which Cook said is expected to be by July 1.

The dump trucks will remain in the original building.

Cook said that when the building is completed, parking areas will be redone to ensure that water drains away from the buildings.

“The parking lot is a mess with all the cuts in it,” he said. “I am looking forward to getting the project completed.”

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