Scott Co. to turn back CSAH 37 to city control

The New Prague City Council adopted a resolution at its Monday, Dec. 18, meeting that is a revocation, or redesignation, of Scott County State Aid Highway 37 to a county road.

City Engineer Chris Cavett of Short Elliott Hendrickson, explained Highway 37 will eventually be turned back to the city and become part of the city’s local street system. The 1.6 miles of that street, which connects Highway 19/13 to Highway 21, will also be designated as a Municipal State Aid Street (MSAS). The MSAS system provides the city with financial resources from the Highway Users Tax Distribution Fund, which is through the state gas tax, that can be used for construction and maintenance of that street.

Scott County proposed the revocation as it can only have a certain number of miles of County State Aid Highways, which can receive state aid. To add new roadway miles to the state aid system, the county must undesignate a portion of its existing system to free up miles.

The revocation of Highway 37 was able to be done in advance, although city and county staffs are still working on the terms of the turnback agreement, which will be considered by the council and the Scott County Board of Commissioners at a later date. Until that time the new County Road 37 will remain under the county’s jurisdiction and fiduciary responsibility.

Under the agreement the roadway will have to be....

To see more on this story pick up the December 28, 2017 print edition of The New Prague Times. 

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