From Clay County
BY BRIAN JONES
The Clay County Board of Supervisors held a public hearing August 14 to discuss closing a portion of Crosby Corners Road as part of the Yokohama construction project.
The road is located in District 1.
A portion of Crosby Corners Road running from Barton Ferry Road north to the vicinity of Hazelwood Road will be closed, stated County Attorney Bob Marshall. The closure of the road was specified in the memorandum of understanding with Yokohama.
“It was one of the terms and conditions for the deal to go forward,” he said.
LINK CEO Joe Max Higgins explained that many of the potential issues surrounding the closure have been sorted out.
“There have been a couple of concerns,” Higgins said. “The first was that there is a volunteer fire department on the north side of Hazelwood Road. They use Crosby Corners to hit Barton Ferry and respond. Until Yokohama Boulevard is built, there isn’t really an alternative to that route. We have worked with Yokohama’s attorneys and I think we’ve come up with a solution. In the short term we’re going to install gates that can be opened with radio controls at the north and south end. The trucks coming through could open those gates to allow them to respond to emergencies. Once Yokohama Boulevard is fixed, we would ask the fire department to route west on Hazelwood and then hit Yokohama Boulevard to go west. That adds a little distance but not a whole lot.” [Mr. Higgins estimated that it would add about 2.5 miles. – Brian Jones] There had also been an issue with Prairie Livestock truck routing.
“The city doesn’t want the Prairie Livestock trucks going through town, and I understand that,” he said. “We will also work with them to get their stock trucks through those gates. That’s for the short term. Once Yokohama Boulevard is built they can just go that way. That gives them a straight shot to Highway 45. We also think we’ve got a solution for B&W bringing their oversize loads.”
Yokohama Boulevard should be complete by October 1 of next year, he said.
Crosby Corners Road will be sealed off to the public as a security measure, Higgins said.
“There are going to be a lot of high-value pieces of equipment out there,” Higgins said. “They don’t want somebody to come in and pilfer anything.”
After Yokohama Boulevard is built, no more access to Crosby Corners will be allowed.
“Their plans eventually call for buildings to be built on part of it,” Higgins said.
There were no objections from the public. [Representatives of both the volunteer fire station and Prairie Livestock were present. – Brian Jones] The board approved the closure 3-0. [District 3 Supervisor RB Davis and District 4 Shelton Deanes were not present. – Brian Jones] 0